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Trump U-turn on Pakistan reflects failure of US Afghanistan policy

The Trump administration previously used to highlight India's role in the future reconstruction of Afghanistan and publicly blast Pakistan, trying to force Islamabad to do what Washington asks. But the US has come to realize it must seek help from Pakistan after its negotiations failed with the Taliban.

Abe could make China visit a pivotal one

Now is the key time for Abe and other Japanese leaders to consider another step from demonstrating limited kindness and weigh the possibility of strategically pivoting.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/25 20:33:40

Scholars decode future of China-US relations

The 2018 North Pavilion Dialogue sponsored by Peking University's School of International Studies and Institute of International and Strategic Studies was held on October 21. What is the future of geostrategic competition in Eurasia? How will China-US relations develop in the future?
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/24 18:23:40

Japan acute at diplomatic recalibration

Today, the Trump administration's unilateralism has hit Japan hard. Tokyo seems to have noticed a positive path for change in its foreign policy after sensing the crisis. Improving China-Japan relations is a crucial signal.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/23 17:18:39

US moves worsening South China Sea row

The US now views China's law enforcement activities, development of islands, deployment of defense facilities and promotion of “Code of Conduct” negotiations in the area as challenging Washington's control over the Asia-Pacific.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/22 19:43:39

Will Vietnam toe US line on South China Sea?

Hanoi actually has multiple contradictions with Washington.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/21 20:48:39

Cooperation among China, Japan and Mekong countries in the interest of region

In engaging with Mekong countries, China should focus on efforts in different directions.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/21 20:23:40

US' N.Korea policy needs to be realigned

The international community is still united in opposing North Korea's nuclear weapons program and is working together toward the denuclearization of the country. If the US believes in its strength, it should give a chance to Pyongyang to do so.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/18 19:28:40

Tokyo strategy 2018 not meant to counter China's Belt and Road initiative

Abe didn't deny that Japan and China share broad prospects of economic cooperation, and that's the reason why he has been positive about the BRI in recent years and eagerly wants to visit China. But to achieve his goal of revising the Constitution, Abe still needs an external political cause. The Tokyo Strategy 2018 is not Japan's plot to counter the BRI, but Abe's political policies have not completely changed as well. Abe's visit to China later this month may send new signals for improving relations with Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/18 19:23:40

BYD's foray into Mexico just the beginning

BYD's electric autos can upgrade Mexico's car production capability. It focuses on technological advancement while meeting environmental protection guidelines. Such cooperation in electric vehicle manufacturing is beneficial to both China and Mexico. BYD's technologies not only meet stringent US standards, but even surpass its American counterparts. It will be easier for the company to gain more opportunities in Mexico and other developing countries.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/17 19:43:40

Shelving disputes to promote political trust between China and Japan

Japan should, with the larger picture in mind, gradually improve relations with China and persuade the Trump administration to sit by the negotiation table. This will be good for China, the US, Japan and other East Asian nations to garner more trade and investment opportunities.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/17 19:38:40

Abe faces tight rope walk in repairing China ties

China and Japan are the two most important nations in East Asia and good bilateral relations are significant for regional peace and prosperity. This golden chance of improving Sino-Japanese relations should not be missed. At the same time, it is also important to keep a low profile and proceed cautiously instead of hyping up the issue.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/16 21:28:40

SCO meeting charts course for development

The meeting best explains the Shanghai Spirit, and will further promote the practical cooperation by the SCO.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/15 20:53:39

Tokyo's TPP invitation unattractive to London

In this sense, the UK will be more interested in signing bilateral FTAs with major economies in Asia like Japan. Despite Abe welcoming the UK into the TPP with open arms, London's attitude to joining the 11-member pact may not be optimistic.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/14 17:08:39

S.China Sea can be more risky than trade

Experience proves that sovereignty disputes can be shelved. If each side has a different understanding of freedom of navigation, they should resort to politics and law, not show of force. If the hard-won tranquility in the South China Sea is destroyed again, the region's stability and peace will be sacrificed. The biggest victim would be the countries in the region themselves.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/11 18:43:41

Pompeo's Asia trip yields results, yet future regional trajectory difficult to predict

It is obvious that Pompeo understands China's attitude toward the US as well as Beijing's bottom line, and he has thus achieved his goal of visiting China. But because of a capricious US president, the future of US' policy toward China remains uncertain.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/10 18:43:40

Washington in a fix over India-Russia weapons trade as sanctions likely to backfire

Indian and Russian militaries regularly hold joint drills, which not only enhance their military cooperation, but boost strategic trust between the two countries. Putin and Modi said in a statement after their meeting that the two countries will continue carrying out joint military drills this year, which means their military cooperation won't be affected by US threats.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/9 20:03:39

Rifts on display during Pompeo's China visit

Continuous confrontation will impair mutual trust on regional and global affairs. A well-functioning Sino-US relationship is essential for both countries and the entire Northeast Asian region. Compromises are needed for the two to walk out of the current dilemma.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/9 19:58:39

Can Pompeo trip turn vague commitment into actions?

In any case, whether during Pompeo's Asia trip or the likely Trump-Kim Summit in coming weeks, there is an urgency to find agreement on basic principles to negotiate the details of the vague commitments to peace and denuclearization. Otherwise, I fear a return to the tensions and war threats of 2017.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/7 17:58:39