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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.

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

China and sustainable modernization

China's modernization has come to an essential stage. Although further innovations are important, sustainability turns out to be crucial.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/1 17:23:39

Why Myanmar is concerned about Chinese investment

As a country in transition to democracy and with a developing economy, Myanmar must by all means avoid not becoming entangled in any geostrategic rivalry. What the NLD government should pursue is a right and proper political management.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/1 12:28:39

Is Australia warming up to Belt and Road?

Australia is still skeptical about ratcheting up its relationship with China, a rising Asian powerhouse. Furthermore, an active initiator of the Indo-Pacific strategy, Canberra has an overt intention to contain Beijing's influence given its alliance with Washington. It's also been interfering in the South China Sea issue, being at odds with the Chinese government in terms of solutions.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/31 19:58:40

Modi's reform drive faces litmus test in general elections next year

Is Modi good for India? The state elections in 2017 have shown the people's judgment, and the general elections in 2019 will give the final verdict.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/31 19:53:39

US, allies distort China in South Pacific

A zero-sum approach is definitely unwarranted. In 2012, China, New Zealand and Cook Island agreed to cooperate on a NZ$60 million project to upgrade the water supply network in Rarotonga, Cook Islands' main island. More similar projects can be carried out, but only if some countries stop viewing China's global influence from a cold war perspective.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/30 19:18:39

With Imran at helm, new Pakistan govt will cement ties with Beijing

The new government should not only focus on national development but also improve ties with countries in the region as well as international powers.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/30 18:48:40

Amid hot days, bickering raises heat on Tokyo 2020 Olympics plan

Details of the Olympic Games will serve as a litmus test to evaluate modern Japanese society. I hope Japan will put the athletes and spectators first, and hold fascinating Olympics despite the uncomfortable temperature.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/29 18:33:39

Will Imran Khan pivot Pakistan from US to China?

His willingness to ensure the completion of the Belt and Road flagship project, his determination to cooperate with China, and his pledge to revise lopsided relations with the US at least clarify one thing from the haze of Pakistani elections – that China has a friend in Imran Khan.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/29 18:28:40

Populism hurting Myanmar's progress

Myanmar to some extent is missing opportunities. It has lagged Cambodia in participating in the Belt and Road initiative and in regional competition on the Indo-China Peninsula. Given Myanmar's inconsistent China policy, Chinese enterprises also harbor more misgivings about investing in the country.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/26 18:18:41

Chinese students shape US public opinion

They are mistaken in thinking that the future of the US is in the hands of young Chinese people, actually it is in the hands of young American people. You can't stop knowhow flowing from the developed countries to developing countries. But you can still “make America great again” by improving your competitiveness.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/25 18:18:39

US intensifies military presence in Indo-Pacific

The US will inevitably strengthen its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region in the future. Be it the setting up of military bases, military drills, military exchanges or weapon tests, these activities are undertaken with the single goal of targeting China. Such move would jeopardize regional peace and stability.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/24 15:38:39

Political agenda drives 'China threat' at sea

Strategist Robert Kagan, with a Republican background, described the US under Trump as a “rogue superwpower.” The Economist magazine accused the Trump government of “undermining the rules-based international order.” What Courtney should do is not groundlessly blame China, but prevent “America First” becoming “Military First.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/23 20:38:39

Progress on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor tears through rumors

China and Pakistan should work together to curb the false reports on the CPEC through in-depth and multifaceted cooperation and build a good media corridor in between. Writers and intellectuals from both countries should also join hands to explore positive stories on the corridor.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/23 20:33:40

ASEAN challenged by Indo-Pacific strategy

From outside, some frustration has been voiced for ASEAN's inability to provide the driving force. It is in the driving seat, but not going anywhere fast enough. The external players have started to take matters in their own hands, with new ways to look at the region, such as the Indo-Pacific concept.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/19 11:03:39

Trump's unilateralism driven by US hegemony

The trade war launched by Trump mirrors the triple tensions the US is facing. Today's US is at the crossroads of such a choice. But the way it behaves is still influenced by its hegemonic instinct, leading to the world witnessing many decisions which seem to be irrational.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/18 19:28:39

After Singapore summit, what does future hold for North Korea?

How the US plays its role in all of this will obviously be crucial. President Trump, whatever his motivations, did the right thing with his circuit-breaking Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un. But it is hard for anyone to be confident that the ultimate outcome, which will necessarily involve protracted multilateral diplomacy, will be one of triumph or disaster.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/18 17:03:43

Can China-Myanmar Economic Corridor overcome hurdles to progress?

Due to the multiple benefits that the CMEC would bring, China and Myanmar should construct it as early as possible. In spite of various barriers, the CMEC would be implemented step by step and see its completion.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/18 16:18:39