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Trump-Abe summit won’t alter US’ Asia-Pacific policy


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump held a summit meeting on February 10 in Washington DC. Abe's tour took place when Trump's newly released immigration ban attracted widespread criticism. Tokyo was hoping that the visit, considered as Japan's timely support to the White House, can help build a close personal relationship between Abe and Trump.


Japan’s military research investment heats up tensions in Northeast Asia

The SCJ has just put forward an interim report after a discussion which lasted half a year and the final report will be released in April, which, however, is expected to be nominal only as not to wield any practical restraint on research staff. But it is hoped that Japanese scientists will not have the same regret as Albert Einstein who repented of having indirectly claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an instant by working out the famous equation E=mc² which laid the theoretical foundation for nuclear power development.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/20 11:38:39

South China Sea may see new waves as Carl Vinson begins patrolling

According to the US Navy, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson began patrols in the South China Sea amid tensions on Saturday. It arrived at Naval Base Guam on February 10 after leaving San Diego.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/19 19:38:39

Trump-Abe summit won’t alter US’ Asia-Pacific policy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump held a summit meeting on February 10 in Washington DC. Abe's tour took place when Trump's newly released immigration ban attracted widespread criticism. Tokyo was hoping that the visit, considered as Japan's timely support to the White House, can help build a close personal relationship between Abe and Trump.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/19 19:38:39

Cobra Gold military drill offers a glimpse into Washington’s Asia-Pacific strategy

In actuality, the US-Thai relationship is deeply rooted in the US strategy for the entire Asia-Pacific region. In another word, it is closely related to the strategic game between Washington and Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/16 11:48:39

Indonesia’s ethnic and religious strife reflected in gubernatorial election

On Wednesday, Indonesia held its second simultaneous election since it gained independence in 1945. The election of Jakarta governor was a contest among three candidates - Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, incumbent Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is also known by his Chinese nickname Ahok, and Anies Baswedan.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/15 20:33:39

NK’s nuclear threat requires more attention

The sudden death of Kim Jong-nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia on Monday has triggered widespread speculations on the motives behind his sudden death and its impact on North Korean politics. Observers are particularly concerned about how far Pyongyang's nuclear development will go.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/15 20:28:40

Refugee spat unlikely to shake US-Oz alliance

US President Donald Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in his tweets over an agreement to resettle refugees from offshore detention centers following a phone call in late January. Trump reportedly hung up on Turnbull just 25 minutes into the call and then took to Twitter to express his displeasure. He claimed the conversation was "the worst call by far" and called the deal brokered between his predecessor Barack Obama and Turnbull to resettle approximately 1,250 refugees from Australia's offshore detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru a "dumb deal."
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/14 18:28:39

China could play a role in Myanmar peace process

In Myanmar’s reconciliation process in the future, China should take into account Myanmar’s development needs and provide assistance accordingly. It can continue to play a mediating role among all stakeholders and draw a red line when necessary. As a major power, China should also shoulder more responsibilities and provide humanitarian aid.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/14 12:13:39

Can China, US cooperate on Afghan issues?

After winning the presidential election, Donald Trump's "America First" doctrine has created a prominent shift in the US' foreign relationships. Trump emphasized that: "We don't want to have a depleted military because we're all over the place fighting in areas that we shouldn't be fighting in. It's not going to be depleted any longer … We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with." What he said will directly affect the decision whether 8,400 American soldiers will stay in Afghanistan.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/13 18:53:39

Pyongyang sounds out Trump administration with missile launch

On Sunday, North Korea launched its first ballistic missile test since US President Donald Trump took office. In a joint statement, Trump vowed to stand with its East Asian ally, Japan, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on a state visit to the US. Why did Pyongyang choose to launch a missile test during the visit? What is the fallout of the launch to regional security? The Global Times interviewed two experts on the issue.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/12 21:33:39

US alliance growing burdensome for Japan

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, having a golf game with a sitting US president must have been one of his dreams. Sixty years ago, Kishi Nobusuke, the then Japanese prime minister and Abe's grandfather, played golf with then US president Dwight Eisenhower during his visit to Washington DC. The game is said to have helped foster a personal bond between the two leaders and eventually molded the framework of a renewed US-Japan alliance - a well-known episode in the political world of Japan that has set an example for later politicians.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/12 20:58:39

Tokyo’s refugee plan serves selfish interests

The Japanese government has announced that this summer, it will begin accepting Syrian refugees as international students to the country with the aim to take in a total of 300 through 2021.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/9 20:13:39

China, India could help stabilize Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state

The situation in Rakhine state on the western coast of Myanmar is facing an increasingly severe challenge as signs show that the Islamic State (IS) and other Islamic extremist groups from Southeast Asia are sneaking across the border into the area.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/8 20:13:39

Can China take the opportunity when Trump messes around with US allies?

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis wrapped up his first foreign visit to Japan and South Korea on Saturday. During his stay in South Korea, he and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo signed an agreement to complete the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system within this year. In Japan, Mattis reaffirmed that Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty applied to the Diaoyu Islands.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/7 17:28:39

Improving relations with neighbors increases Japan’s leverage over the US

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is going to visit the US and meet with US President Donald Trump on Friday. Japan originally hoped to arrange the visit at the end of January so that Abe could become the first head of a foreign government Trump would host after being sworn into office, thus, highlighting the closeness of the US-Japan alliance. However, Trump chose British Prime Minister Theresa May as the first foreign leader he received, which indicates the US-British special relationship still seemingly prevails over the US-Japan relationship.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/7 20:08:39

Trump era foreshadows war in peninsula

Newly appointed US Defense Secretary James Mattis will be in Japan and South Korea this week to reaffirm US alliances with the two Asian countries. North Korea's nuclear issue is expected to be placed at the top of his agenda and Mattis is likely to use this issue to gain leverage for the US to contain China and take a dominant role in Asia-Pacific security.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/2 19:13:39

Duterteism highlighted as the Philippines chairs ASEAN in 2017

After a decade, the Philippines is going to chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) again as President Rodrigo Duterte led the launch on January 15 in his hometown Davao City.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2017/1/31 10:27:17

THAAD overshadows 25th anniversary of Beijing-Seoul diplomacy

In August, 25 years ago, China and South Korea established diplomatic ties. But the current bilateral relationship is being overshadowed by Seoul's insistence on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on its soil. If Seoul completes the deployment in Seongju County by July as planned, will anyone from the two sides still be in the mood for the 25th anniversary celebration? People will more likely be overwhelmed by fears that confrontation will dominate the trajectory of bilateral relations.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2017/1/30 10:39:55