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Tokyo’s shift on AIIB based on economics


The first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation convened in Beijing on May 14 and 15, gathering together 29 heads of state and government. However, although he is not a state leader, the head of the Japanese delegation Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, also became the focus of media coverage of the grand convention.


Tokyo takes a vague attitude toward B&R

Japan’s attitude shift toward the Belt and Road and the AIIB is indeed unexpected, but there are three concerns regarding the Abe administration.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/9 19:33:39

New South Korean president expected to fix domestic and diplomatic woes

Whoever takes office, breakthroughs can hardly be achieved in the economy in the short term, but tensions in social division and unbalanced diplomacy can be alleviated in a short span of time via leadership change.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/8 19:33:39

Is US alliance still vital to Australia?

So much so that Australia’s dilemma in such a special relationship with the US may be aggravated. Is Australia still a “lucky country” in addressing this dilemma in the future? Time will tell.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/8 11:38:39

Internal struggles determine Manila’s foreign policy direction

Therefore, the Philippines’ recent unexpected activities in the South China Sea are irrelevant to pro-US or pro-China and it is actually a manifestation of the conflict between the anti-Duterte forces and pro-Duterte forces.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/7 20:08:39

Is hope of dialogue looming on peninsula?

But it remains to be seen whether North Korea will make a major adjustment in its foreign policies.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/4 23:43:39

Revolution sets China and India apart

Revolution is one of Britain’s greatest fears, and it needed stability in the region, as only in a stable environment, can the wealth of South Asia, accumulated over the past thousands of years, be delivered to Britain without disruptions.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/3 19:06:13

Japan’s Bluebook worsens peninsula tension

Japan is trying to expand its presence and influence.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/2 17:58:41

Is China-US-Australia relationship facing a strategic transition?

China has expressed its understanding and respect of the US-Australia alliance and welcomed Australia to becoming an important partner of both China and the US. This pragmatic and flexible diplomatic attitude is appealing to Australia.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/2 0:03:39

Furthering Japan-Russia rapport restricted by Abe’s ties to the West

However, Abe did not make Moscow the sole destination of his tour, but flied to the UK soon after his meeting with Putin.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/1 17:33:39

THAAD exacerbates tensions in Korean Peninsula

On Wednesday, the US started moving parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile defense system to a planned deployment site in South Korea. How will this action affect the situation on the Korean Peninsula? What role can China play as it faces pressures from the deployment of THAAD and the North Korea’s nuclear threats?
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/27 23:43:41

Trump’s strategy shifts in tackling NK nuke issue

The US will also spare no efforts in trying to persuade the international community to impose “sub-sanctions” on North Korea and limit the country’s interactions with the outside world, so as to stifle Pyongyang’s source of finance.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/27 17:58:40

Unfair education exposes India’s social rift

The education situation in India should also serve as a warning to China.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/26 19:23:40

Japan exaggerates danger on peninsula to advance military interests

Given the country’s sluggish economy for the moment, and the ineffective Abenomics, the Japanese government is secretly hoping that a war on the peninsula could break out.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/26 18:58:40

China’s help crucial to Myanmar’s reform

The relationship between the military and the government was the main issue facing the NLD after it assumed power.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/25 20:57:59

New Delhi must avoid turning Sino-Indian ties into confrontation

Border disputes are core conflicts between Beijing and New Delhi. The 1962 Sino-Indian border clashes turned the friendly bilateral relationship into confrontation. The bilateral relationship didn't return to normal until 1988 when then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi visited Beijing. The two sides inked the Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas in 1993.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:18:39

Manila treads a fine line of balanced diplomacy

On Friday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to China's Zhongye Island in the South China Sea, which is also claimed by the Philippines. It is the first such visit by a Philippine defense secretary in nearly 20 years and has ignited tensions between China and the Philippines.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:08:39

Dialogue won’t patch up US-Japan discords

NHK reported that US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan on April 18 after a two-day visit to South Korea and held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso. During the meeting with Abe, Pence reaffirmed the Japan-US alliance as the cornerstone for a stable Asia-Pacific. The US-Japan Economic Dialogue with Aso did not yield any concrete result, but the two sides agreed to promote dialogue in common strategies in trade and investment rules, economic policies and infrastructure investment, and to hold their second economic dialogue by the end of this year.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 20:38:39

Immigration is not the root cause of high crime rate, lack of public safety

Among the pictures of the beautiful imperial gardens and Zen temples in Japan I took while traveling in the country recently, there is one that's not so beautiful. It's a National Police Agency of Japan poster on a billboard in a quiet residential neighborhood in Kyoto featuring the snapshots of eight men. They are wanted for committing a variety of crimes in various precincts across the country and the details are listed beside their faces.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/20 20:33:39