Although China’s strong presence and second-largest military power, it still struggles to preserve its influence among its surrounding countries. Given the recent disappearance of the Malaysian jet, Beijing is requesting an accurate update on any information obtained and it is pressured to find the 154 Chinese passengers of the 227 missing passengers. However, Malaysia is not being very responsive to China’s requests, exposing China’s little influence over the other countries in the eastern hemisphere. During the attempt of increasing pressure to find the missing passengers, China appealed to the media and exposed Malaysia’s inefficient search methods. Reaching out to the public, however, has backlashed against its own country by adding pressure to China’s officials to find the jet.
This is yet another example of the lack of supremacy that a country with one of the largest military powers and economic presence can exhibit. I wonder if China will be able or willing to implement more radical measures to increase the pressure on Malaysia and what the impact on trading would be. China is the biggest trading partner in Asia and challenging China’s supremacy might affect the economies of most of the countries that depend on China.