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Balancing diplomacy in best interest of Nepal


Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's ongoing visit to China, his first after re-election, has been underscored as important by the two countries. This has caught India's attention. Oli's visit could be historic, promoting comprehensive cooperation between China and Nepal and injecting vitality into the Himalayan nation's economic development.


How China, Japan can cooperate on B&R

The two sides should seize the opportunity and take the first step toward each other on third-party projects. Their cooperation will not only promote their own bilateral ties, but also create more favorable conditions for the integration of Asian economies. France tendered the olive branch of cooperation to Germany five years after World War II. Although China-Japan cooperation on the Belt and Road platform lags behind that of France and Germany, it will exert an immeasurable influence on the Asian integration process.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/25 19:28:41

North Korea halts nuclear program in preparation for economic gains

Kim may make some economic requests to Trump. North Korea may even demand establishing diplomatic ties with the US so as to pave the way for it to join international financial organizations. That is why Trump said earlier that his summit with Kim could either fail or lead to the “greatest deal for the world.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/25 19:28:41

Hints of major shift in Sino-Indian relations

If Sino-Indian relations are really heading to an all-time high, that's because they can now manage to maximize their cooperation potential while minimizing friction.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/24 21:23:39

Does inter-Korean summit signal peaceful spring on the peninsula?

The inter-Korean summit might reveal some answers in respect to North Korea's strategic calculations. Of course that is only one side of the whole story. The United States, as Player One in world politics and many regional issues, has a big say in the Korean Peninsula. There is a simple but clear fact: It has always been a totally asymmetric game between Pyongyang and Washington. The smaller nation has every reason to hang tough and drive a hard bargain, whereas publicly it may play more softly, softly and collect the handshakes.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/24 21:18:39

China, India must build new unity to reform old global order

In ancient times, religious and cultural personages from China and India made arduous journeys to promote communication between the two countries despite life-threatening conditions. The experiences of Chinese Buddhist monks such as Faxian and Xuanzang are not only everlasting memories in our hearts, but also show us that as the two longest-standing civilized countries in human history, China and India enjoy a profound shared history. More importantly, they show a vision of the future and our historical responsibilities.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/23 21:03:39

Trump's policies bring Beijing, Delhi closer together

Warmth and goodwill are also necessary for China's India policy. As Xi said in a speech about India, “we must not focus our attention only on our differences and forget about our friendship and cooperation.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/23 20:58:39

NK overture faces test in Kim-Trump summit

But uncertainties still exist. The key lies in the Trump-Kim summit. The focal point is how the nuclear crisis will be dealt with. The situation has twisted and turned, back and forth, in history. If the crisis is not handled well, conflict could still occur.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/22 22:43:39

Integration speeds up in Northeast Asia

Wang's visit to Japan provides an opportunity for the two countries to explore transformation, have policy communication and discuss building regional mechanisms. It is expected that Sino-Japanese ties will continue improving and they, together with South Korea, will launch FTA cooperation.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/19 20:38:40

Globalization's role in China-Japan relations

Globalization is not just about political and economic relations. Mutual understanding and a common reflection on war are in step with the rapid growth of the younger generation's direct contacts from travel, reading the same books and playing the same mobile games. This is the background for a gradual improvement of Sino-Japanese relations.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/18 19:58:40

India's revised China policy tactical adjustment, not strategic change

The warming of ties between China and India is out of the needs of both sides. In the short term, India hopes to have better relations with China so as to solve its domestic issues and develop its economy. In the long run, it wants to catch up with China in strength. China needs to watch India's words and deeds closely.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/18 19:53:41

Changing political dynamics require both sides adapt

China's rise has aroused deep uneasiness among Western countries and both sides need to adapt to the changing political dynamics in the process. To some extent, Australia may test how well China is accepted in the West, yet on the other, Australia can test how well the West can cope with a rising China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/17 20:13:39

Australia ideal testing ground for China's influence

China's policymakers need to realize that it's not even necessary for claims about interference to be true, or any different in intent from the sorts of thing that every other country does for that matter, for them to create significant blowback. Reassuring Australia's notoriously nervous strategic thinkers will, indeed, be a major test of China's increasingly sophisticated diplomatic skills.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/17 20:08:39

Washington visit may not boost Abe's rule

The cronyism scandal has damaged Abe's reputation. Abe hopes to take the opportunity of his US trip to help him out of a domestic quagmire. However the economic price in exchange for US political support will be paid by the Japanese people. If the expense is unaffordable, the trip will not help him regain approval but will become the last cause of his failure.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/16 21:03:39

NK nuke issue helps expand Russian influence

Russia's stance on the North Korean nuclear issue indicates the country is no longer a globally influential power but is capable of maintaining its influence on core Eurasian issues. China and Russia basically share the same stance on the North Korean nuclear issue and so they could coordinate with each other to achieve common interests.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/15 20:58:40

Will Japan be marginalized on North Korea denuclearization issue?

In the past, the US was unwilling to provide North Korea security assurances. This has resulted in multiple losers. All parties concerned should learn from such experiences.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/15 20:58:39

India's adjustment of China policy a good start

Nonetheless, India's adjustment of its China policy is a return to its principle of strategic autonomy and the non-alignment policy. The change serves as the start of getting back on the healthy development track of its ties with China. Beijing-New Delhi ties are heading for more mature and stable development.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/12 20:23:40

Singapore's multilateral trade policies clash with Trump's protectionism

Singapore's policy options will inevitably be to maintain an open mind in the economic and trade arena and work with countries including China to seek the certainty of global and regional multilateral economic and trade systems. In this regard, the theme of the 2018 Boao forum – An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity – is in line with Singapore's interests.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/11 21:33:40

Can India keep momentum of opening up?

India is pursuing rejuvenation of the nation. This goal can only be achieved through continuous reform and opening up, but it also requires an increased ability to adapt by resolving the impacts brought on by opening.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/11 21:23:40