Next week, the Chinese Communist Party will meet to re-anoint Xi Jinping as president and head of its central military commission. Xi has often spoken of the “China Dream” as the core idea of his leadership, but his bullying foreign policy is making that dream a nightmare for China’s neighbors.
- Brahma Chellaney accuses China of escalating its efforts to exploit its status as the world's hydro-hegemon to gain strategic leverage over its neighbors.
- Chris Patten says China’s willingness to stand by the joint declaration it signed with Britain at the time of Hong Kong’s handover will be a key test of its trustworthiness.
- Gareth Evans thinks that China’s claim to most of the South China Sea had its legal heart cut out by a ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, in a case brought by the Philippines.