As the US continues its pivot toward Asia, it must work with and alongside China. Given the information we know about Li Keqiang, we can infer party decisions for programs and departments that are within his sphere of influence. Li Keqiang holds powerful positions in both the state and party bodies allowing his disposition to help shape the future of China.
In April, President Xi Jinping visited the Uyghur Autonomous Region and spoke specifically on the issue of combating terrorism. China has recently developed a new National Security Commission to deal with “unconventional security”. Given the escalating situation in various autonomous regions, the likelihood that China will develop a broader official counterterrorism program under the new commission is high. XinJiang Autonomous Region stages some of China’s most violent separatist movements, the most violent of which being considered as developing terrorist-threats. This new commission and subsequent program could be a major opportunity for the U.S. to deal directly with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the police force. In previous attempts to foster greater cooperation, the military has been the most difficult point to reconcile.
Since the formation of the Chinese Communist party, the world has watched China evolve into the world power it is today. However, the rise in Chinese foreign investments indicates a weakening homeland where Chinese billionaires do not want to store their capital. Consequently, China is playing a deceiving game of economic protectionism masked by a rise in soft power. The fact that both the Chinese state and private sectors are seeking to move significant amounts of capital overseas as opposed to investing at home, however, is a reflection of perceptions of the condition of the domestic economy.
The U.S.-Mexican relationship is at an important crossroads. Congress is debating the issue of immigration reform. New developments in the war on drugs have prompted questions about cooperation with Mexico. President Peña Nieto has adopted a plan for reform that provides the United States an opportunity to support its southern neighbor and solidify relations. At the same time, however, China is busy spreading its own influence in Mexico.
With the human rights violations in China escalating, human rights lawyers have become prominent targets for the communist party backlash. Many prominent lawyers, party members, and citizens stand as victims of party violence and control. Outdated practices largely established by Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution no longer maintain control, but rather create discord within the State. An analysis of increasing human rights violations highlights the forecast of instability within China and its effect on the region both politically and economically.