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Russia-China Relations

As closer cooperation between Russia and China poses a growing challenge to the U.S.-led order, a new NBR Special Report assesses the trajectory of Sino-Russian relations and draws implications for the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.

Rule of Law in China

In recent years, China’s Communist Party has spoken extensively about ruling the country according to law. China specialist Murray Scot Tanner discusses where China is headed on rule of law issues and how the rule of law in China affects U.S. interests.

Singapore-China Relations and the East Asian Maritime Domain

Ja Ian Chong (NUS) assesses the current state of relations between China and Singapore, detailing the sources of tension in this key regional bilateral relationship and predicting diminishing returns to the city-state's fence-sitting strategy.

The Trump-Modi Summit: The View from Indian Industry

Chandrajit Banerjee (Confederation of Indian Industry) discusses the likely priorities for Prime Minister Modi, offers an assessment of his domestic performance thus far, and provides predictions on the future of India’s growth.

The Cambodian Election

On June 4, Cambodia held commune elections. To better understand the significance and political climate surrounding the upcoming elections and to discuss the current state of U.S.-Cambodian ties under the Trump administration, NBR spoke with John D. Ciorciari (University of Michigan).

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Asia Policy 24 (July 2017)

Topics in this issue include Asia-Pacific perspectives regarding relations with the U.S. under the Trump administration, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, U.S. policy options in the South China Sea, Japan’s reinterpretation of its constitution to allow the limited exercise of collective self-defense, and Japan’s new security policies and politics.

Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition

This report presents findings from the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit series and identifies opportunities for stakeholders to pursue market-driven policy solutions to energy and environmental challenges in the Asia-Pacific. It details key insights from this year-long initiative, including a high-level event held in Singapore.

Hong Kong 20 Years after the Handover

On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, Friedrich Wu (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) assesses the city’s economic and political outlook after two decades under Chinese rule.

Russia’s "Pivot to Asia": The Multilateral Dimension

Stephen Blank (American Foreign Policy Council) explores the opportunities and challenges that Russia has faced in its economic pivot to Asia and examines the potential roadblocks to its future integration with the region with special regard to multilateral Asian institutions.

What to Expect from the First Moon-Trump Summit

In advance of the first summit between President Trump and South Korea’s newly elected progressive president Moon Jae-in, Scott Snyder (Council on Foreign Relations) discusses Moon's most consequential foreign policy challenge: the management of the security alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

The Role of U.S. Oil and LNG Exports in U.S. Relations with Japan and South Korea

Jeremy Maxie (Strategika Group Asia Pacific) and Tatsuo Masuda (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; FairCourt Capital) assess the role of U.S oil and LNG exports in strengthening both Japan’s and South Korea’s energy security and offer proposals for a trilateral energy security partnership.

Nascent Gas Markets in the Era of Low Oil Prices

Younkyoo Kim (Hanyang University) examines the impact of low oil prices on the natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) market in Asia and explores the market and policy conditions necessary to develop a regional trading hub.

The Impact of China’s “Belt and Road” on Asia’s Energy Security

On June 7, NBR and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will co-host NBR’s thirteenth annual Energy Security Workshop, “Asia’s Energy Security and China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative." Learn more.

All Aboard the Belt and Road Initiative? Not So fast…

NBR Senior Fellow Nadège Rolland discusses her new book China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative in this article for the Lowy Institute Interpreter.

South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States

Daniel C. Sneider, Associate Director for Research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, analyzes the impact that the return to power of South Korea’s progressives will have on alliance relations with the United States.

2017 Update to the IP Commission Report

On February 27, 2017, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (The IP Commission) released an update that provides a new assessment of the problem and details progress to date on recommendations from the 2013 IP Commission Report. The IP Commission was supported by unrestricted funding provided by NBR and its Slade Gorton International Policy Center. Commission members include Gov. Jon Huntsman, Adm. Dennis Blair, and Sen. Slade Gorton. Read the report update at

NBR's John Park Testifies on Capitol Hill

John Park, Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, testified on July 19 before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, at a hearing entitled "Restricting North Korea's Access to Finance."

Watch the hearing webcast:

House Committee on Financial Services website.

Read John Park's prepared remarks.

China's Eurasian Century?

Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

"The Belt and Road Initiative is meant to address both China’s economic situation and its security environment in order to realize Xi Jinping’s ‘China dream’—that is, his vision for the great rejuvenation of the nation. It is the organizing concept of Xi’s vision for China as a rising global power that has unique national characteristics."

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

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