Chinese President Xi Jinping, (L), gestures to Singaporean president Tony Tan Keng Yam, (R), as they arrive for a bilateral signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Mark Schiefelbein
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
In January 2007, not long after George W. Bush announced his surge of troops into Iraq, I happened to be having lunch with a Chinese friend who is a well-connected member of the Communist Party.As ISIS, Iran and Greece occupy the attention of the Western world, China marches forward, except now it is not just building its economy but also a new geopolitics in Asia.A senior Southeast Asian diplomat explained to me that China is using money and pressure to "suborn" countries in the region.In smaller countries like Cambodia and Laos, Chinese money dominates the economy.Politicians in Singapore told me that Beijing has even begun to reach out to local Singaporeans of Chinese descent and to nudge the city-state's foreign policy – which remains staunchly allied to the United States – in a more pro-Chinese direction.What makes dealing with China's growing influence in Asia especially tricky is that a good part of it is inevitable and could be benign. China is the largest trading partner of almost all Asian economies, even Australia. Countries here are looking to the United States to deter China but yet engage it.
Trump’s trade war strategy not working
U.S. needs to end Afghan war without losing peace
Johnson will accelerate the decline of Europe
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE