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ASEAN challenged by Indo-Pacific strategy


From outside, some frustration has been voiced for ASEAN's inability to provide the driving force. It is in the driving seat, but not going anywhere fast enough. The external players have started to take matters in their own hands, with new ways to look at the region, such as the Indo-Pacific concept.


Despite Kim's warm words, Japan still outsider on Korean Peninsula issue

Stabilization of the Korean Peninsula and the development of Japan-North Korea relations would promote a stable and prosperous Northeast Asia. However, Japan's attitude toward historical issues may become a new unstable factor.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/6 19:58:39

Meeting creates trans-Himalayan opportunity

Trans-Himalayan cooperation will help address traditional and non-traditional security issues in the region, resist intervention by exterior forces and facilitate societal and economic development of regional countries.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/6 19:53:39

Hopes for Kim-Trump summit, but big divide

The will of the two Koreas displayed at their summit was a breath of fresh air for the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the entire world. The Kim-Moon meeting was only a warm-up and the key meeting is Kim and Trump. It is hoped that all sides can extend this positive trend and eventually help realize long-term peace on the peninsula.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/3 21:03:41

Yasukuni Shrine film still relevant 10 years on

This kind of openness is related to the public's view of freedom of speech, formed after the war and strengthened by new generations. The Japanese people are more tolerant of different opinions. Many like to hear different views, but not necessarily agree with them. Such opening up created the conditions for them to listen to their neighbor.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/2 22:18:40

China, India must strive for harmony

China sees the informal meeting as a way to advance the common growth of developing countries, for Asia's rapid rise and the revival of Eastern civilizations. But for India, this meeting will likely end up achieving their tactical goals under the guise of attractive strategic slogans.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/1 21:28:40

Canada must adopt holistic China policy

The Canadian Senate Tuesday passed a motion sponsored by Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, criticizing China's "aggressive and expansive behavior" in the South China Sea, according to The Globe and Mail.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/30 10:39:55

An incremental approach to addressing long-term Sino-Indian issues

Basking in the spring breeze and sunshine, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping took a stroll in Wuhan's East Lake Park, Central China's Hubei Province, on April 28. Meeting in private with no written notes and no pre-negotiated official statements or agenda other than a pre-determined mutual commitment to improve the Sino-Indian bilateral relationship, this lakeside walk epitomizes the spirit of an "informal" Sunnylands-style summit - intimacy and interactivity. No occasion was more ideal than this to restore communication, identify shared interests and chart a new course for the two countries.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/29 15:16:57

Observations we can all glean from Panmunjom Declaration

"Peace, prosperity and unification" are the three main catchwords noted in the short but historic Panmunjeom Declaration signed on April 27, 2018 between North Korea and South Korea — two nations that have been hostile enemies over the past decades, two blood-tied brothers that have diverged yet share so much, but now probably two bonded stakeholders that vow to realize mutual reconciliation and build perpetual peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/28 11:14:06

Informal Xi-Modi meeting heralds new chapter in Sino-Indian relations

The Xi-Modi meeting in 2018 following the 2017 Doklam standoff will without doubt promote mutual trust and reciprocity between the two countries, and will be a cornerstone of a stable long-term relationship between China and India.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/26 19:08:40

Korean summit offers potential breakthrough

Nonetheless, given all the efforts by the two Koreas, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the inter-Korean summit will be successful. A fruitful Kim-Moon meeting is not only good for the two Koreas, but also good for every country in Northeast Asia.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/26 19:03:40

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