South Korea’s Top Adviser: What Role Does China Play in the Korean Peninsula?

The changing situation on the Korean Peninsula has long drawn the close attention of the international community. The second summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which was at the center of the spotlight, concluded without any deal achieved. In which direction will the future of the Peninsula head? Is the Korean Peninsula safe? And can denuclearization on the Peninsula be achieved?

First Mongolian President: How China’s Development Influence Sino-Mongolian Future?

In 1991, after thirty years of virtually severed relations, former Chinese president Yang Shangkun and his Mongolian counterpart, president Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat, met to reinstate their diplomatic relationship. Since then, the two countries’ collaboration has strengthened progressively, with cooperation on the Russia-Mongolia-China Economic Corridor the latest in a series of projects that has aligned the two countries closer. In a wide-ranging interview, China Focus interviewed Mongolia’s first President Ochirbat to find out how China and Mongolia’s relationship is growing, how China’s rapid development has had beneficial knock-on affects in Mongolia and why future ties promise to bring further benefits to both countries. China Focus: What do you think of China’s development? Former President of Mongolia Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat still remembers the first time he visited Beijing more than 30 years ago. “In 1980, I went to Hong Kong through Chinese mainland,” he said. “That time, Beijing seemed very poor and underprivileged: the life, the streets, the bicycles, the carriages and such.” During an interview with China Focus, he told our reporter that his impressions of Beijing have changed tremendously, “Now I don’t know where anything is in Beijing. I only know where the Mongolian Embassy is,” he said humorously. “Everything else is so unrecognizable to me. That’s how much China has reformed and developed.” During his presidency, he chose China for his first […]

Former Pakistan PM: China-Pakistan Relations Bring More Benefits to People on Both Sides

China and Pakistan established diplomatic relations in 1951. Through unrelenting efforts of people and leaders from both countries, the connection and friendship has been growing ever since, and an all-weather strategic partnership has also been established. “China-Pakistan relationship is a good example of State-to-State relationships,” President Xi Jinping said in 2014. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, paid an official visit to China in November 2018. Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi. As one of the symbolic Belt and Road projects, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has improved the investment and business environment in Pakistan, creating a new space for its economic development. Gwadar Port, which is now considered as the pearl of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, was once a small fishing village along the Arabian Sea. Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, told China Focus that construction of harbor and ports has brought more employment opportunities to the district, and boosted its economic development. Today, Gwadar Port has a new look. Responding to the “debt trap” argument concocted by western media to defame the Belt and Road initiative, Aziz emphasized that trade exchanges and interconnections are not coercible. The outcome of establishing better trade, commercial and diplomatic relations through joint efforts is sure to be mutually beneficial. China Focus: Why Is Connectivity Important? […]

What will China-U.S. Relations Look Be Like in the Next 40 Years?

On June 2, 2019, the State Council Information Office issued a white paper to provide acomprehensive picture of the China-U.S. economic and trade consultations, present China’s policy position on these consultations, and criticize the U.S. unilateralismand protectionism as well as its backtracking on Sino-U.S. trade talks. The escalating economic and trade frictions and the recent crackdown by the U.S. on Chinese enterprises have brought unprecedented challenges to China and the U.S. 2019 mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, but also a crucial year in dealing with China-U.S. trade. Can China and the U.S., two major countries that have gone through 40 years of ups and downs together, weather the impact of a trade war? How do we view current China-U.S. relations? In the next 40 years, what will China-U.S. relations be like? New Problems in China-US Relations After U.S. President Donald Trump took office in 2017, China-U.S. relations faced many uncertainties. At the end of 2017, the White House released its first National Security Strategy Report since Trump assumed office. The report mentions China 33 times, arguing that China is a revisionist power and an adversary of the U.S. In 2018, the US provoked the largest ever trade war against China, and it toughened its stance on the Taiwan issue. “I think […]