The economic and political reemergence of China as a global actor profoundly affects the calculus of regional relations. This sets the stage for new opportunities, risks and social processes. China’s neighborhood has over the last century seen highly complex patterns of both conflict and cooperation, the effects of which continue to affect mutual perceptions and actions. As such, regional relations do are by no means a one-way street: they are a stage where progress and volatility often go hand-in-hand. Encompassing a region of global economic importance, developments in China’s neighbourhood will be of far-reaching significance.
These complex and far-reaching effects make the study of Sino-regional relations of great importance to policymakers worldwide. At ISDP, the study of China’s relationship with its wider periphery ties into many of the issues central to the Institute’s work. Recognizing that relationships come from a multiplicity of sides, ISDP has designed its organization to allow for an as wide as possible array of perspectives. Through expert research, capacity building, and facilitation of dialogue ISDP delivers an active contribution to breaking down walls of misunderstanding and the promoting of beneficial linkages between policymakers in critical positions.
Russian Federation and China: Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative
Abstract: This Issue Brief looks at six Sino-Russian projects that have been placed under the rubric of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Since, at the political level, China is […]
China’s Health Diplomacy: Taking Forward the Health Silk Road in Southeast Asia
Geopolitical competition over Covid-19 vaccines is at its peak. In the absence of a fair and equitable mechanism to coordinate vaccine access, procurement seems to be based either on nationalistic […]
Merkel’s China Legacy
Abstract Angela Merkel’s time as the Chancellor of Germany is soon coming to an end. An unofficial mainstay of the European Union, she leaves office having helped put in place […]
On the Path to Civil War: Beijing Navigates Post-Coup Myanmar
Abstract Protests against the military’s February 1 coup d’état continue in Myanmar. On March 27, the bloodiest day yet, over 114 civilians, including many children, were shot by regime forces. […]
The EU and PRC Exchange Sanctions
Abstract For the first time since the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing in 1989, the European Union has decided to impose significant restrictive measures on Chinese officials. The Chinese […]
Legal Constraints of China’s BRI: The Case of Myanmar
Summary There are many consequences of China’s global Belt and Road Initiative. Amongst the least appreciated are the legal implications that arise from its investments. In Myanmar, one of the […]