Tag: XI JINPING

Prospects for US-China Relations in 2019

NEW YORK – Throughout 2018, much of Asia has been shaken by the new and increasingly unpredictable dynamics in Sino-American relations. One year ago, US President Donald Trump returned from Beijing after his “state-plus” visit, which China hoped had finally laid his anti-Chinese campaign...

The End of America’s China Fantasy

WASHINGTON – A long-overdue shift in America’s China policy is underway. After decades of “constructive engagement” – an approach that has facilitated China’s rise, even as the country has violated international rules and norms – the United States is now seeking active and concrete...

US-China Trade War: Nothing Good Can Come Out of It

By: Obbana Rajah The recent trade tensions between Washington and Beijing have been escalating while the rest of the world looked-on with worry. The financial markets have been jittery and analysts are concerned about the outcome of Trump's posturing with China. Donald Trump did not mince...

Who is President Xi Jinping’s Daughter?

By: Obbana Rajah President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping is no stranger to being in the news and having to deal with all that it entails. However, his daughter (yes he does have one), Xi Mingze seems to be very much under-the-radar. This 25-year...

Lee Kuan Yew: “We’re only the descendants of illiterate, landless farmers in Fujian and Guangdong”

Despite their differences, Singapore and China share similarities and will continue to learn from each other. Both Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese paramount leader credited with the opening up of China 40 years ago, and Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, believed “a country should...

Tough to do business in China, foreign companies cry foul

China, the champion of free trade, is facing a backlash with European firms claiming it is increasingly tough to conduct business in the country amid favours given to domestic firms. A survey by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China revealed that 80 percent...

Is China destabilising Singapore to seal its conquest of South China Sea?

China has set its radar onto the tiny Republic of Singapore, which it sees as a final hurdle in its grand designs to impose its will with the belt and road initiative (BRI). At least, this is what opponents to the Chinese plans within the...

S’pore sought formal invitation for PM Lee from China for OBOR forum: Bloomberg

The Singapore Government had sought a “formal invitation” from China for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to attend the recent One Belt One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing. The Chinese, however, apparently declined to extend such an invitation, according to a report by Bloomberg. The...

PM Lee’s absence in B&R forum in Beijing – is China still throwing a tantrum?

The reply by Minister of National Development, Lawrence Wong, was a curious and perhaps a telling one. When asked by reporters on Tuesday why Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was not attending the Belt and Road forum in Beijing, Mr Wong said "the invitation was...

Can China’s OBOR Outlive ASEAN’s Complexities?

When the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, first articulated the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative in 2013, international media were slow to discover its significance. It was only several months later that world media began to recognise the initiative’s potential and reports started to emerge...