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Tolerance of civilizations the right choice

The Indian general election wrapped up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi being reelected. What challenges are ahead for him? How should China and India avoid conflicts like the Doklam border standoff in 2017? Global Times (GT) reporter Wang Wenwen interviewed Satyendra Upadhyay (Upadhyay), director of International Relations at Mumbai-based Somaiya Vidyavihar.

SK not mauled by failure of Hanoi summit

On the day the Hanoi summit ended, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil-song visited China and exchanged views on Beijing and Pyongyang's mutual concerns. Besides, Moon is reportedly set to visit the US in March or April. These are helpful moves that will steadily contribute to resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 17:53:40

Beijing can play dove between New Delhi and Islamabad

Pakistan is China's old friend and Beijing-New Delhi bilateral ties are deepening. China will act as a mediator between India and Pakistan in the long term, hoping to accelerate the peace process between the feuding nations.
Source: Global Times - AFP | 2019/3/4 15:28:39

India-Pakistan clash may affect China's South Asia policy

In general, Beijing will adhere to the mediation policy. In the long run, if tensions continue to rise, China may face a greater impact; but despite that China is facing difficulties in mediating between the two neighbors, in the current scenario, the influence on China is limited.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 15:23:39

All's not lost after second Kim-Trump summit

Even though the second summit did not produce a joint declaration as expected and led to a disappointing outcome, it is hard to characterize it as a complete failure. We still got some positive results from it. Both sides exercised significant restraints and there was no acrimony and hysterical finger-pointing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/3 16:18:39

Kim-Trump summit failure exposes fundamental differences on denuclearization

The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held in Hanoi, Vietnam concluded on Thursday with only an exchange of views but no agreement.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/2 1:45:11

To prevent flare-up, restraint is key after Kashmir terror attack

Restraint is not easy when a country has suffered such a horrible attack. However, terrorist organizations are common enemies of both India and Pakistan. Pakistani people also have been victims of terrorism for the last few decades. India needs to deal with the problem by working with Pakistan and rallying support of the international community to fight terrorism.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/28 21:08:40

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