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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.

India's sense of superiority miffs neighbors

As a major power in South Asia, India insists on a superior status in its neighbors' foreign policies, and has been wanting these countries to follow the “India First” policy since the end of WWII.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/15 21:18:40

Reform needed to boost construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

To advance industrial cooperation, especially construction of industrial parks, Pakistan needs to carry out deep reforms in several areas, amend laws and frame corresponding policies. This requires coordination across party lines and more governmental efficiency.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/14 18:58:39

'Comfort women' deal hits Seoul-Tokyo ties

Moon seems to be trying to strike a balance between responding to public opinion and diplomacy with Japan. He did not renegotiate with Japan as declared during the presidential election or revoke the deal.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/14 18:53:40

North-South détente, a new opportunity for peaceful settlement of crisis

The outcome of the inter-Korean talks should be regarded as the experimental version of the “suspension for suspension” proposal. The demand that North Korea suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea military drills is in the interest of all parties.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/11 20:48:39

Does the world underestimate Kim Jong-un?

Whether the North Korean regime would remain stable was also once questioned as Kim was under 30 when he took power. But undoubtedly, he has established supreme authority in North Korea, observers noted. Meanwhile, he has cultivated a generation of young cadres to ensure a smooth leadership shift.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/11 20:43:39

Ball in South Korea's court as North plays nice, talks peace

Pyongyang has posed a big conundrum for Seoul. If Moon is weak with Pyongyang, he will be labeled an appeaser, but getting tough goes against his left-wing identity and Sunshine Policy. Is there a middle path?
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/10 20:23:39

Low-end manufacturing indispensable to India

India is a populous country and unlike smaller countries, India can probably establish a complete end-to-end manufacturing system. But if India does not reform and open up in coming years, sustainable development is simply impossible.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/10 20:18:39

China must exercise caution in lifting ban on import of Japanese food

With recent improvements in Sino-Japanese ties, the possibility of setting up a special working group cannot be ruled out. However, even if the group is established, Beijing may not completely lift import restrictions on Japanese food. On the one hand, the key to lifting the ban lies in whether food products from Japan can meet Chinese standards. On the other, Chinese people's doubts over the food in the affected areas also play a crucial role. Even if imported food from Japan's disaster-affected region passed Chinese tests, it is not very likely to appear on Chinese dining tables given the distrust of the Chinese public.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/9 19:51:02

Trends of Asia in 2018: Trump's whimsical retreat buffets continent

What happens when Trump discovers that there is no interest in bilateral trade deals with the US? He has no Plan B. US exporters will start to lose markets as the EU-Japan, EU-Canada, TPP-11 come into effect.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/8 20:23:39

US repays Pakistani cooperation with enmity

If Pakistan's national interests and security cannot be ensured, the region will never see peace and stability. But if Trump's real intention is to maintain US military presence in the region by keeping the turmoil alive, he will probably have his way with this new policy.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/8 20:18:39

Japanese comedian's online criticism shows political correctness beating free speech

The controversy over Muramoto's comments shows that the Japanese elite's knowledge of China is limited and they still harbor a resentment against the country. Muramoto didn't say anything wrong. He just spoke the truth.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/7 19:08:39

Will Gokhale's new appointment signal difficult times ahead for Sino-Indian ties?

The appointment of Gokhale demonstrates that his diplomatic skills appeal to Modi. It also indicates that India will continue its hard-line stance toward China, except slight adjustments in keeping with international situation.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/7 19:03:40

Kim Jong-un's New Year address sends key message

In any event, peace on the peninsula is invaluable. All relevant parties should seize every opportunity to make compromise and concessions to gradually push North Korea's nuclear issue toward a peaceful settlement. Once the opportunity is missed and tensions in the peninsula escalate, the result may be a disaster for all.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/4 19:43:39

Australia-Japan defense pact and the new Cold War Order

A nuclear race is the inevitable outcome should India receive its NSG membership, and would undoubtedly jeopardize China's national priorities. If there has been any lesson learned post-World War II, then it is the realization that interdependence and cooperation were far better for the common interests of humanity than force and confrontation.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/4 19:13:39

South Korean-Japanese ties thrown into doubt as 'comfort women' deal under scrutiny

Given provocations from North Korea's launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles and eyeing of broader bilateral ties, South Korea is demanding more from Japan. Moon has made it clear that he will separate historical issues from security and economic cooperation issues. But the Moon government should take a step further by abolishing the 2015 agreement that disregarded public opinion and renegotiating with Japan so as to heal the historical wounds of “comfort women” and the South Korean people.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/3 19:13:39

Unity of contrasts lends character to India

The unity of opposites is the most prominent feature of the country. Completely different things can co-exist harmoniously. It differs from China in the way that you can't believe you are in the same country when encountering such contrasts. In China, there is always a transition between two completely different things, while what India lacks is something in the middle.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/3 18:48:41

Tokyo-Canberra 'quasi-alliance' threat to peace

Japan has been emphasizing that a constitutional amendment is not aimed at waging war, but its actions don't conform to the promise. Such behavior can only deepen Japan's neighboring countries' doubts about whether it has sincerely reflected on the historical lessons of its aggression toward other nations.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/2 18:28:40

Nepal learns to strike a balance in ties with China and India to reap maximum benefit

Nepal's priority should be to maintain a balance to reap the maximum benefit for development. Fostering an environment of mutual trust with both countries is the key to achieving this.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/1 18:53:39