“One China” Policy must be a core interest of the PRC because the regime have no illusions on how perilous and weak their grip on power is within China.
For now, there is only one competitor (ROC) that officially competes with Beijing as the government of “all China”.
But there are many others waiting in the wings, awaiting the moment when the Beijing regime’s grip weakens that will emerge.
India’s maritime geography is hospitable as the nation dominates the Indian Ocean region with easy access to some of the world’s most vital sea lanes.
China’s economic life-lines, by contrast, pass through much more difficult terrain.
China’s dependence on the Indian Ocean is likely to be long-standing
Prime Minister Abe visited Donald Trump shortly after his electoral victory.
But he is not sitting on his hands waiting for the Trump Administration.
He is actively working to strengthen relationships in the region in and of themselves, but also to strengthen his hand with Washington and to prepare the ground for evolving relationships with China as well.
Typhoons from RAF Coningsby will be based in Romania for three months in summer 2017.