Barack Obama will be sworn in as US president for a second term on Jan 21. Obama's re-election as US president and Xi Jinping's election as China's top leader have intensified global discussions on whether the two countries' ties will improve or deteriorate and whether a new power-to-power relationship will develop between them.
Have the ties between China and its neighboring countries improved or deteriorated in 2011? How will they develop in 2012? What kind of role does the US play in the region? We present readers with three different views on the subject.