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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.


Historical link helps China mediate in Afghanistan

China never had political or ideological conflicts with Afghanistan and always respected its independence.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/6 11:23:39

Worsening economy, stalled denuclearization blamed for Moon's declining approval rate

Another reason for Moon's low approval rate is that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not paid a visit to South Korea as planned.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/3 9:53:39

Rebuilding Asian order and reconfiguring Asian history

As Asian countries seek their own development path, an increasing number of Asian scholars have recently realized that Asian history is not just part of Western-centered global history, but has its own development logic that cannot be explained by Western concepts.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/2 14:08:39

Economic development key to Hasina's reelection

Hasina's foreign policies gained Bangladesh more space for a self-determined development.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/2 9:43:39

Will Abe-Putin talks lead to a resolution of islands dispute?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to visit Moscow on January 21, 2019 to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which has stirred fresh discussion on the long-lasting territorial dispute between the two nations.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/31 11:00:58

Be wary of Japan's militarism despite warming bilateral relations

Japan has approved its new National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and the accompanying Mid-Term Defense Plan on December 18, according to an Asahi Shimbun report. The guidelines, approved by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet, involve considerable weapon procurements, the upgrade of Izumo, a self-defense force ship, into what would effectively be an aircraft carrier, along with highlighting the "China threat theory". The revised plans display Abe's reckless efforts to expand armaments and focus on perceived threats.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/29 12:02:44

Is Singapore's upcoming leadership up to the challenge?

Lee Hsien Loong once said the PAP's new committee was a “major step forward in our political renewal.” As the potential leader and “a safe pair of hands,” Heng Swee Keat shoulders great responsibility.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/26 18:18:40

Rural-urban divide troubles not only France

Although it could create significantly more jobs in China by boosting productivity, real income and spending levels, these new jobs would be in the service industry. That means a larger population of low and low-middle income groups with insecure jobs, and a decrease in the possibility of a better life for them and their children.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/26 16:23:39

How China can help Afghanistan, Pakistan reconcile

People of both countries want to see changes in their life. A project that brings changes and interdependence between the two countries is an effective way of building trust. Both are China's friends and have signed on jointly participating in projects under the Belt and Road initiative which could help the countries reconcile and gradually become partners.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/25 18:33:39

Media can bring China, India closer

Is there anything else that Chinese and Indians should know about each other? The answer is definitely yes.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/24 15:53:39

Frog in the pot: Stalemate between North Korea and US

First, we should be prepared to put in significant and continued effort over the long term. Second, we should avoid impatience, since this issue cannot be solved for good by holding several summits. Going forward, countries in Northeast Asia should join hands when dealing with difficulties and avoid extreme actions.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/23 18:28:33

Economic corridor with China key to Myanmar's peace process

As Myanmar's officials pointed out, the country's national reconciliation and peace process still has a long way to go, and the CMEC would probably be a decisive factor.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/20 16:46:53

How to break stalemate on Korean Peninsula

The US position has been sanctions and maximum pressure. The Trump administration hasn't deviated from this. North Korea wants it to change, but there is no change. Given the fact that the US has imposed sanctions on three North Korean leaders, this will serve as a negative factor in resuming dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/20 12:28:39

Huawei's future growth lies in world market

We need to be self-reliant and expand cooperation with the world while opening our market wider.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/19 18:23:42

How China, Pakistan can resolve Afghan issue

As the leading country of the “three-plus-one” model, China will fully support it. For China, it might be a good choice to use Afghanistan issue to expand China-US mutual interest. Afghanistan issue has played an important role in the normalization of China-US relations. Through the “three-plus-one” model, China can enhance its role in Afghanistan's peace process and strengthen cooperation with other major powers.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/19 11:48:39

Myanmar peace crucial for China's security

It is unrealistic to solve all problems concerning Myanmar's ethnic conflicts through several negotiations. However, with continuous peace talks, solutions that suit all sides are bound to be found. But in this process all Myanmese parties involved need to be sincere, faithful and patient. We look forward to seeing a Myanmar that enjoys unity, peace, prosperity and democracy.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/18 13:48:39

BRI's convenient features offer hope for boosting regional integration

China is setting an example to open its markets and offer diverse products to the region and the world. Besides, the country is providing new ideas for regional and global cooperation with focus on the community of shared future as well as the outlook on interests which emphasizes mutual benefit and common development.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/17 11:38:07

State elections forebode trouble for BJP in 2019 race

The BJP will face challenges from the Congress and local parties in the general election.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/16 22:28:39