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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.

Volatile political culture in Philippines tests Duterte

Duterte amended the constitution and led a more widely influential federal reform in 2018 after his successful anti-terrorist crackdown in South Marawi. This has become a point of contention between him and the opposition. Although the coup was defeated, the future crises facing Duterte can hardly be completely resolved.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/28 19:13:40

Maldives will prioritize own interest, not India's

Western countries believe that no major nation wants to cooperate with a small country such as the Maldives without any strategic goals. China believes Indian Ocean is important, but Beijing doesn't even have a complete Indian Ocean strategy. However, when Beijing built support facility in Djibouti, the move attracted widespread attention from Western countries, which speculated that China is trying to expand its influence. These episodes, including the Maldivian presidential election, have reminded Beijing that it may face increasing risk in its further overseas investment.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/27 20:23:40

China-Japan-SK FTA key to 'Asia for Asians'

Strategic changes often come from transcendence, and transcendence requires courage, more wisdom and keen insight. If the three countries can seize the opportunities and promote negotiations, Asia will find a way out of the post-war labyrinth and achieve the goal of “Asia for Asians.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/26 20:23:39

Beijing's involvement in Myanmar peace does not amount to interference

Obviously, this is the biggest challenge for the dream of peace proposed in the Panglong Peace Conference, and to overcome this challenge, the Myanmar government, military and ethnic armed groups need more political wisdom and patience.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/25 20:38:39

China, India should cooperate in Maldives

Beijing has come up with a constructive “two-plus-one” mechanism – China and India plus another South Asian country – as a demonstration of sincerity. The mechanism can not only enhance mutual trust between China and India, but prevent other South Asian countries from being caught in between. This aims to harmonize relations between countries and serves the interest of all relevant parties, and is worth a careful consideration by New Delhi. Perhaps the two powers can have a try in the Maldives first.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/25 20:13:39

With Abe at helm, Sino-Japanese relations likely to develop consistently

Meanwhile, the Abe administration needs China's help to protect the multilateral free trade system, to stand against US trade protectionism and to develop infrastructure in a third country. All this will deepen cooperation. That being said, Sino-Japanese relations will develop stably in the future.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/24 20:03:39

South Korea visit plan shows Kim ready to admit development gap

In the past decades, the central question on the Korean Peninsula issue has been whether North Korea is inclined to reforms. But now the focus would be more on how the US and President Trump could grasp this historic opportunity to make change happen earlier and smoother by skillfully navigating US domestic politics.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/20 19:43:40

Pyongyang joint declaration a landmark in inter-Korean ties

If the US is not satisfied with the progress of North Korea's denuclearization, it is likely to obstruct South Korea's plans and measures.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/20 19:38:40

Why Thailand is seeking Sino-Japanese cooperation in infrastructure

A new model of cooperation that is market-oriented and mutually beneficial and allows enterprises to play the leading role should be set up and be promoted to regions including Southeast Asia and Africa.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/19 19:38:41

Huawei ban will sour Indian business climate

It is possible that Huawei may strive for an appropriate way to participate in India's 5G construction. It is hoped that the Indian government will create a more friendly and positive environment for economic cooperation between the two countries.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/19 19:33:44

Okinawa US military base issue festers in post-governor Takeshi Onaga era

Whatever the election result, both the Japanese government and the majority of Japanese people are responsible for discrimination against Okinawa. And with the death of Onaga this issue cannot be morally evaded. When the election ends, I together with other Japanese people should listen to the voice of people in Okinawa and respect their choice.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/18 19:38:40

How far can Moon's North Korea visit go?

Moon's Pyongyang tour will create a peaceful atmosphere on the peninsula and inject new momentum into the denuclearization process and peace mechanism.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/18 19:33:40

WWII peace treaty between Russia, Japan unlikely in near future

Signing the peace treaty is a contest of patience and both Russia and Japan have pinned their hopes on concessions from the other side.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/17 19:08:40

How Seoul can break peninsula logjam

South Korea needs to work out a better way of communication. Since the beginning of 2018, exchange of opinion over the peninsula issue has been driven by interactions between heads of states. The top-down approach has played an extremely significant role in breaking the stalemate and formed a thinking pattern in addressing the issue.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/17 19:03:39

Decriminalizing homosexuality a landmark for India after long-drawn legal fight

There is a long way to go. But the sexual minority group will press forward with indomitable will. Just as Indian Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra quoted German writer Goethe, “I am what I am. So take me as I am... Denial of self-expression is like death.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/16 19:33:39

Chinese FM's Pakistan trip cements relations

Wang Yi's visit to Pakistan was highly successful, as it has set the tone for taking collaboration between the two countries to new heights.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/16 19:13:40

North Korea's reconciliatory signals need US response

Now is the time for the US to grab the opportunity of transforming symbolic goodwill gestures into concrete attempts to bring about peace.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/13 17:43:40

Foreign corporate interests foment anti-China mood in Australia

It is rather embarrassing to point a finger at China for foreign interference when Australia's allies' financial interests are trumping the country's national interest.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/12 19:13:41