The commencement address of a Chinese citizen, Yang Shuping, at the University of Maryland sparked an uproar in China. Not only did Chinese netizens heavily criticize her for what they deemed as “untruthful” comments, they also disparaged her for insulting China.
Boao 2017 will focus on China’s advocacy for globalization and economic liberalization, where the proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific will be discussed. Brunei is designated as a “country of honor” in CAEXPO 2017 and has mobilized a hundred private sector entities or individuals to attend the meeting.
Hong Kong is expected to hold its Chief Executive elections in March 2017. Carrie Lam is widely seen by political punters as Beijing’s favorite in the race. The former Chief Secretary is popular with the public as well.
The US occupation of the Philippines overwhelmed the country with much Americanness in the cultural, social, and political aspects. Yet the search for a Philippine national identity under colonialism drew its people into negative postcolonial mental scripts.
Many countries, including India and China, the security normalizing and economically recovering Japan and the ASEAN Economic Community are all looking forward to working with the incoming Trump administration in the US.
Being in the driver’s seat for regionalism and positing its centrality in East Asia, ASEAN can aggregate the interests of all major powers like US, China, Japan, India, Russia and the EU as well as middle powers like South Korea and Australia.