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BRI can help boost Bangladesh economic zones, support poverty reduction measures


China could succeed in making environmental issues a salient feature of its society through this approach. As Bangladesh is the worst possible victim of climate change, it can forge greater cooperation with China over the issue under the BRI. Ecological civilization is more relevant to Bangladesh as the approach can strike a balance between rapid development and environment protection, which is a must for sustainable development.


RIC meet an opportune moment for India

In the backdrop of escalated tensions between India and Pakistan, the RIC meeting provided India an opportunity to specifically and publicly respond to China's call to both South Asian countries to "exercise restraint" with a caveat that India's pursuit of countering terrorism needs necessary international cooperation.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/28 21:03:40

Deindustrialization needs modern governance tools

The influence of deindustrialization is profound, triggering changes in the economic and social structures. However, the attention society is paying to this issue is still far from enough.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/27 18:28:40

Besides economic interests, what is drawing India and South Korea closer?

The views of Moon and Modi are not surprising. In terms of Asian geopolitics, China is playing the leading role. Both India and South Korea still lag in many fields. The US may reduce its presence in the region. In this context, China's neighboring countries, including India and South Korea, are hoping to seek a geopolitical balance.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/26 17:48:42

Japan has much at stake in Hanoi summit

In terms of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Washington needs the assistance of Tokyo and Seoul - its two important allies in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to the call with Abe, Trump had a conversation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in as well. However, Trump has not made statements, such as promoting US-Japan-South Korea relations, in both calls, which suggests that he is indifferent to Japan-South Korea ties.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/26 17:48:41

By strengthening relations with China, Saudi Arabia can avoid isolation

Saudi Arabia's strengthened economic and diplomatic ties with China will be of paramount importance in achieving the above goals. Since China's launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 and Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Saudi in 2016 and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's visit to China in 2017, the BRI has continuously been linked with Vision 2030 of Saudi Arabia.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/25 18:38:40

South Korea can't do more even if it wants to

Although Seoul had played the role of a mediator, Washington and Pyongyang do not lack ways to communicate. South Korea can help North Korea economically, but whether such benefits will bring results to Seoul is uncertain.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/25 18:38:39

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed's Asia tour shows strategic shift

Saudi Arabia has been factoring in the reduced demand for oil in its development matrix. Though achieving "Vision 2030" depends on many factors, moving away from an economic development model largely dependent on oil is key to the country's goals. Saudi Arabia hopes to cooperate with more countries to simultaneously develop many areas.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/24 15:44:25

How Hanoi summit can help Vietnam

If Kim does pay a state visit to Hanoi before the summit, it would be a shot in the arm for Vietnam's relations with North Korea, increase communication and mutual political trust, and help scale up cooperation in economy and other fields between the two sides, such as people-to-people exchanges. If it goes smoothly, Pyongyang will gradually send officials to learn from Hanoi's experience.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/24 15:43:39

Afghan govt needed in Taliban peace talks

Peace and stability in Afghanistan is desirable for the country and the larger region. The purpose of building mechanisms for peace talks is peace and stability in Afghanistan and welfare of the Afghan people, and the situation begs a positive outcome.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/21 17:08:40

New Zealand should desist from undermining China's growing influence

Many telecom businesses around the world have used Huawei equipment because of the company's cost-effective technology that is superior to competitors. The ban on Huawei would not only significantly raise the cost, but also delay the 5G network rollout in New Zealand and the Oceania region. Blindly following the US in containing Huawei will end up in New Zealand hurting itself.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/20 16:16:04

Will second Trump-Kim summit affect Japan?

Abe would not risk visiting North Korea if Pyongyang does not make obvious concessions. Japan's strategic changes toward North Korea should come about gradually.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/19 14:48:39

Modi's visit to disputed region imperils thaw in ties with China

Even though India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute, and Modi and President Xi have met at least four times in 2018 to bring bilateral ties back on a stable footing, the border issue remains the single-most sensitive topic between the two countries. While the dispute between China and India remains too large to be resolved altogether, both sides would better carefully manage it.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/18 14:42:48

Let's reap potential of China-Myanmar cooperation

When investing in Myanmar, Chinese enterprises should pay attention to their social responsibility. They should also address local people's suspicions and misunderstandings on Chinese-invested projects. We have reasons to believe that the prospect for China-Myanmar cooperation under the Belt and Road framework is promising.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/17 14:39:17

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.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 17:23:40

As election looms, Thais yearn for stability

The Thai election can give confidence to other countries in the region. After all, with very few exceptions, the junta can return power to the people through elections.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 11:42:52

Turkey gropes between West and Islam

For more than 100 years, Turkey has never walked across this bridge to Europe. When facing a conflict between tradition and modernity, the West and Muslims, secularism and religion, it turned to Islam to realize the dream of a big country.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 17:56:33

Deteriorating Japan-South Korea ties unlikely to look up in short run

Trump's main goal lies in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. Frictions between Tokyo and Seoul,which stem from historical issues, will hardly ease soon. In the short-run, their bilateral relations would be neither good nor bad. Washington may get more involved depending on how the situation in the region evolves, including progress in East Asian economic integration, the peace process on the Korean Peninsula, development of China-US relations, and China's influence in the region.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 12:22:30

Can playing China card boost BJP's chances in India's general election?

The BJP projected the move as a "game changer" which it claimed would win it the support of a certain section of society but now finds itself on the back foot as the Congress came out with a proposal promising "minimum income guarantee" for every poor villager if the party was voted to power. The idea has left the BJP leadership unnerved.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 21:13:39