US Vice President Mike Pence, in a visit to Iceland, warned about his concern on Russia’s aggression in the Arctic and China’s increasing activities in the region. Pence is one of several senior US officials who frames US engagement in the Arctic targeting at Russia and China.
Compared with China’s high-profile anti-corruption campaign, the so-called “tiger hunt”, India has been more impressive on promoting a clean government, based on data from the Corruption Perception Index over the past few years.
Even as the US threatens Iran with oil sanctions and war, China goes ahead with trade and infrastructure building there. Iran’s dependence on China highlights their shared interests against the US in the Middle East, Central and South Asia.
The goal is to provide a conducive environment for different streams of thoughts and cultures to interact and to transmit them to curious minds. Over time, this arrangement would produce new cultural-intellectual products as a result of ferment and cross-fertilization.
From the Chinese perspective, openness and inclusiveness are perhaps the most attractive points about the BRI. For the Chinese government, the BRI is a multilateral vehicle designed for those who want it for developmental purposes based on market forces.
In the last decade or so, Cambodia has moved much closer to China in almost every aspect, leading some to view Cambodia-China relations as a client-patron relationship. This relationship is widely seen as based on convergent interests and a basic “quid pro quo”.
New Delhi and Beijing have taken steps to find common ground in new areas such as in the information technology sector. The National Association of Software and Services Company of India has set up IT corridors in Guiyang, Xuzhou and Dalian of China.
In the first six months of 2019, China moved on a number of fronts in the Belt and Road Initiative. Many of these projects aimed to create a win-win situation with the recipients of the funds. However, there were some issues that highlighted challenges of the BRI.