A new Asia-Pacific security framework? Plus China as responsible stakeholder at Davos


Top politics and current affairs news for January 11, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Taiwan scrambles jets."

  • Xi to stress China’s ‘responsible’ global role in Davos / WSJ (paywall)
    China’s foreign ministry followed up today on reports from yesterday that Xi Jinping would be the first Chinese head of state to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The ministry stated that Xi will respond to criticism of China’s economy, “encourage various parties to put economic globalization in perspective, and push forward economic globalization in a more inclusive and equitable way.” As China moves to defend free trade and the upcoming U.S. administration plans to move away from it, it was also reported that there will be “open channels of communication” between the Chinese and American delegations attending Davos.
  • China to set up Asia-Pacific security framework amid growing mistrust among its neighbors / SCMP
    In its “first policy white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation,” Beijing called for more military exchanges and transparent military alliances with its neighbors. But it criticized U.S.-South Korea collaboration to install a missile defense system in Seoul, arguing that “small and medium-sized countries need not and should not take sides among big countries.”