CHINA MAY SEEK PEACE WITH NEIGHBORS NEXT YEAR: ANALYST
Updated: Jan 4
As Sino-US tensions are certain to linger even after Democrat Joe Biden assumes power in Washington, China may make conciliatory gestures to its neighbors in 2021 ahead of key events such as the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party, Tomoyuki Tachikawa wrote for Kyodo News.
To thwart US attempt to dilute China's regional influence in tandem with other Asian countries, the leadership of President Xi Jinping, who is believed eager to become the nation's leader for life, is expected to avoid actions that would provoke them.
Japan, China's neighbor and major trading partner that is one of the closest US allies, might be forced to map out a well-balanced diplomatic strategy, which would not hurt its ties with the mainland while building credibility with the incoming Biden administration.
China will mark the centenary of the Communist Party in July 2021. In February 2022, the world's second-largest economy will host the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics before it holds the twice-a-decade congress of the ruling party in autumn that year.
The events will come amid speculation that Xi, who became the head of the party in 2012, has been paving the way to hold on to power beyond a second term. In 2018, China removed from its Constitution the two-term limit for the president and vice president.
"China is extremely sensitive to the significance of the upcoming 100th anniversary, the Winter Olympics, and the 20th party congress," said Stephen Nagy, a senior associate professor of politics at International Christian University in Tokyo.