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Japan aims to expand political clout by creating global military footprint

We can see that Japan signing ACSAs with six countries is not just for defense and military purposes, it's part of an overall plan to influence economics, politics, military and culture, which is a long-term strategic mind-set of the Japanese government.

Manila's China policy not dictated by ideology

In the final analysis, the Philippine president has the ultimate say in foreign policy. If endowed with outstanding political capacity, Duterte will be able to bridge domestic political divisions and reverse the direction of foreign policy. However, there is still a long way to go to cultivate pro-China forces within the Philippines.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/19 16:28:39

Mahathir's China visit boasts immense potential

As protectionism is on the rise and free trade is increasingly being relegated to the back seat, it is equally important for Malaysia and China to reaffirm their close trade ties.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/16 20:18:40

Belt and Road initiative in Malaysia has exemplary effect

Washington has little experience of promoting economic development in other countries. As long as China can steadily promote the BRI, there is no need to worry about economic competition with the US in the region.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/16 20:13:40

Religion-secularism row strains globalization

Religious followers are allowed to propagate religion through legal means. Secular people also have the right to promote secularism through legitimate ways. This is a challenge faced by Western civilization and globalization.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/15 18:28:40

India should realize value of true friends

India needs friendly relations with Russia and cordial relations with America. India also needs working relations with China because Beijing is the main force in the institutions emerging in the place of declining Western institutions.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/14 18:58:40

Time for US to recalibrate China policy in Southeast Asia

When evaluating Pompeo's pyrotechnical ASEAN-centric diplomatic engagements in the past few days, can we infer that the Trump administration has upgraded and advanced Southeast Asia to the primary diplomatic agenda? My answer is no.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/13 13:28:39

Singaporean Chinese struggle with identity amid cross currents

The right grasp of the identity of Singaporean Chinese is a necessity to properly deal with China-Singapore relations.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/12 17:33:40

Foreign policy key for Modi in 2019 elections

How long the Modi administration's China policy will last is in question. Some forces within the BJP dissatisfied with the prime minister's foreign policy expect him to implement more pro-West and pro-US measures while taking a tougher stance against neighboring countries. To gain victory in the general elections, Modi may have to make use of Hindu nationalism and provoke disputes with Pakistan. Keeping a balance between the East and the West remains his biggest diplomatic challenge for India.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/12 17:33:40

War-ending declaration good, but not necessary

There is a noticeably outstanding distinction between a declaration to end the war on the Korean Peninsula and a peace accord that will finally take the place of the Korean War armistice agreement. A war-ending declaration will never be the same as a peace accord in this case.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/9 13:58:39

No need to over-interpret Mahathir's simultaneous reaching out to China and Japan

China welcomes Mahathir's visit and should not lose confidence even if Malaysia deepens its ties with Japan.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/9 20:48:40

Street vendors economy unsustainable

Emerging Asian economies are key areas of the Belt and Road initiative that China is pushing forward. Achievements in these areas will enhance the attractiveness of the Belt and Road platform.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/8 20:23:40

US stirring trouble in SE Asia with security investment

Washington may be consumed by extreme mania caused due to strategic anxiety about China and it can only find the right cure in its own medicine chest.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/7 20:08:40

Indo-Pacific strategy more a geopolitical military alliance

Most Indo-Pacific developing countries, including India, currently cannot meet the standards in terms of market access, environment, labor and intellectual property rights. In such circumstances, the US can work with developed economies in the region, such as Japan, Australia and Singapore, toward the goal.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/7 20:08:39

Naysayers raise debt trap bogey to derail

A pointless debate before accepting FDI is premature and motivated. Such debates not only discourage investors but also lead the country into an “underdevelopment trap.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/6 20:33:39

Japan has to strike balance in ties with US over Indo-Pacific

The US-Japan alliance won't collapse for the time being. But if the Trump administration's trade protectionism persists, it will destabilize the alliance.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/6 19:58:40

Sino-Malaysian relations look to a fresh start

There may be quite a few challenges ahead, but China and Malaysia are now standing on a new starting point for continuing their friendly and cooperative journey. For both nations, it is an opportunity to take their relationship to a new level. Mahathir's China visit is approaching. This is likely to become a preface to the new bilateral ties.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/5 20:38:39

West's accusation of unfair vote won't hinder Cambodia's progress

The party was barred from contesting by the Supreme Court for plotting to topple the government. This is blunt intervention in the internal affairs of others. The purpose is to expand its influence in Cambodia and foster pro-Western forces. It's easy to see that their allegations about China-Cambodian collusion and about Cambodia's democracy are feeble.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/2 18:33:40

Economic reform key to Modi's governance

The odds are that real reforms are bound to be controversial, before their benefits are fully realized. Let's hope Indians are patient enough, while Indian decision-makers are capable and smart enough, so that the country can navigate the uncharted waters of its economic take-off.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/2 16:18:39