In his speech, Obama said it should be the US writing the rules of international business in Asia-Pacific, not China, to protect American interests. But, China is hardly dictating new rules to its economic partners.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a penchant for pissing off the country's closest neighbours China and South Korea. Will he do it again this year on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII? The world is listening to his every word.
Some in the West and Africa accuse China of somehow practicing "neo-colonialism" in its dealings with Africa. A recent article appearing in the Economist magazine debunks that rhetoric but at the same time confuses state policy with private business.
Coal-burning and Hebei province’s heavy industries have caused air pollution in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei corridor to become egregious. China’s authorities have taken many measures to combat the scourge but progress is slow.