At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that the Belt and Road summit will be held in May in Beijing. The summit, the first of its kind, has since attracted wide attention from the international community.
China’s aim is to play a constructive role in a peace process which is “guided and owned by the people of Afghanistan.”
Many of Abe’s political conundrums come from his own missteps.
After winning the presidential election, Donald Trump's "America First" doctrine has created a prominent shift in the US' foreign relationships. Trump emphasized that: "We don't want to have a depleted military because we're all over the place fighting in areas that we shouldn't be fighting in. It's not going to be depleted any longer … We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with." What he said will directly affect the decision whether 8,400 American soldiers will stay in Afghanistan.
On Sunday, North Korea launched its first ballistic missile test since US President Donald Trump took office. In a joint statement, Trump vowed to stand with its East Asian ally, Japan, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on a state visit to the US. Why did Pyongyang choose to launch a missile test during the visit? What is the fallout of the launch to regional security? The Global Times interviewed two experts on the issue.
For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, having a golf game with a sitting US president must have been one of his dreams. Sixty years ago, Kishi Nobusuke, the then Japanese prime minister and Abe's grandfather, played golf with then US president Dwight Eisenhower during his visit to Washington DC. The game is said to have helped foster a personal bond between the two leaders and eventually molded the framework of a renewed US-Japan alliance - a well-known episode in the political world of Japan that has set an example for later politicians.
The Japanese government has announced that this summer, it will begin accepting Syrian refugees as international students to the country with the aim to take in a total of 300 through 2021.
The situation in Rakhine state on the western coast of Myanmar is facing an increasingly severe challenge as signs show that the Islamic State (IS) and other Islamic extremist groups from Southeast Asia are sneaking across the border into the area.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis wrapped up his first foreign visit to Japan and South Korea on Saturday. During his stay in South Korea, he and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo signed an agreement to complete the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system within this year. In Japan, Mattis reaffirmed that Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty applied to the Diaoyu Islands.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is going to visit the US and meet with US President Donald Trump on Friday. Japan originally hoped to arrange the visit at the end of January so that Abe could become the first head of a foreign government Trump would host after being sworn into office, thus, highlighting the closeness of the US-Japan alliance. However, Trump chose British Prime Minister Theresa May as the first foreign leader he received, which indicates the US-British special relationship still seemingly prevails over the US-Japan relationship.
Newly appointed US Defense Secretary James Mattis will be in Japan and South Korea this week to reaffirm US alliances with the two Asian countries. North Korea's nuclear issue is expected to be placed at the top of his agenda and Mattis is likely to use this issue to gain leverage for the US to contain China and take a dominant role in Asia-Pacific security.
After a decade, the Philippines is going to chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) again as President Rodrigo Duterte led the launch on January 15 in his hometown Davao City.
In August, 25 years ago, China and South Korea established diplomatic ties. But the current bilateral relationship is being overshadowed by Seoul's insistence on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on its soil. If Seoul completes the deployment in Seongju County by July as planned, will anyone from the two sides still be in the mood for the 25th anniversary celebration? People will more likely be overwhelmed by fears that confrontation will dominate the trajectory of bilateral relations.
Since the US presidential election in November, analysts and academics around the world have spent considerable time and effort in predicting President Donald Trump's possible policies on domestic and international issues. A common thread in the ensuing analysis is the "uncertainty" attached to the new president's future actions.
How US President Donald Trump will adjust US policies toward major countries has been gripping the headlines lately.
In any case, 2017 will be a difficult year for South Korea.
China values the cultural and emotional bonds with Singapore. But if Singapore continues with its current policy on China, a possible consequence is that China will abandon emotional attachment and prioritize safeguarding its own interests when dealing with Singapore.
The THAAD deployment is one of the biggest irritants for the Beijing-Seoul relationship.
As the group has garnered lucrative profits from an influx of Chinese and South Korean tourists and has been rapidly expanding, Motoya’s move to deny history seems surprising and beyond understanding.
The question is how the US will rate the degree of threats of North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
There is no doubt that if tensions build in the South China Sea, Tokyo will boast more power in countering Beijing in the East China Sea dispute.