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Manila's China policy not dictated by ideology


In the final analysis, the Philippine president has the ultimate say in foreign policy. If endowed with outstanding political capacity, Duterte will be able to bridge domestic political divisions and reverse the direction of foreign policy. However, there is still a long way to go to cultivate pro-China forces within the Philippines.


North Korea's decision to call off talks with South meant to fend off US pressure ahead of summit

North Korea's calling off high-level talks with Seoul shows that its dispute with the US has not come about in the short term, and it would be too optimistic to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue through only one summit. North Korea's decision may bring some pressure on the US during the summit.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/16 20:33:40

The 'software' gap between China and Japan

The gap between China and Japan can be measured in terms of hard indicators such as GDP, and can also be assessed through attitudes to work, life, and the environment. Although the latter are difficult to measure accurately, they deserve attention.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/16 17:13:40

After Abe's statement, Taiwan's Tsai should give up her illusions

Japan and Taiwan repeatedly tested the bottom-line of the one-China policy and collaborations between politicians in Japan and Taiwan have become common. Therefore, we have to wait and see whether Abe's statement is an opportunist act or a long-term policy toward Taiwan, and whether Taiwan authorities will wake up to reality and stop being under an illusion.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/16 15:53:40

Reconfiguring security order in Northeast Asia

The solution must be so transformative that it cannot be set back. In fact, the transformation of the Korean Peninsula should be assumed to be by its very nature an occasion that comes every 500 years when we must completely rethink the threats and opportunities of our age and make a definitive and inspired effort to come up with a new system of things.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/15 13:13:39

China's role indispensable in resolving North Korea nuclear crisis

China is the power which can really provide support in resolving the issue and it should take the initiative to do so.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/14 20:43:40

Mahathir won't thwart China ties in long run

The power transition in the Malaysian general election has indeed posed a challenge to China-Malaysia cooperation, and is very likely to cause short-term fluctuations and setbacks. However, in the long run, the Malaysian ruling party rotation will not have an adverse impact on bilateral ties. Instead, it is likely to provide a good opportunity for fixing the problems in China-Malaysia cooperation, and inject new momentum to improve bilateral ties.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/14 20:43:39

Hope on horizon after Li's Japan visit

Premier Li's visit to Japan and the joint declaration signal that Northeast Asian countries' relations start improving. Only by strictly implementing the joint declaration can the goal of "building a regional platform for peace and cooperation in this region" be achieved.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/13 21:38:39

'Island of freedom' a risky proposal

It's worth noting that since the Trump administration issued its National Security Strategy in December, the Sino-US relationship has suffered tremendous damage and the past relationship featured by a mix of competition and cooperation now faces more strategic conflicts. Although bilateral high-level trade talks reached some consensus on May 5, the shadow of a trade war has not vanished. Strategists from the two countries must prevent trade frictions extending into diplomacy and security as a full range of strategic conflicts would be unbearable for both sides.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/10 20:03:41

Maximum pressure tactic unsuitable as North Korea, US heading for summit

While the US and North Korea are expected to hold a summit probably in late May or early June, Washington won't stop provoking Pyongyang.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/9 19:43:41

Japan can still offer lessons for China

While attaching importance to high-tech development, China should learn from Japan in sustainable societal construction.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/9 19:38:40

US troops in South Korea a tricky issue under Trump administration

Before Trump was elected president, he proposed adjusting US forces in South Korea and in Japan. In his opinion, Japan and South Korea are not paying a fair share to host those US forces. The unpredictable president might promise to Kim Jong-un to reduce US forces in South Korea at the upcoming summit. The US and South Korea must also discuss the costs of maintaining those US forces after 2019.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/8 20:18:40

Premier Li's Japan visit a sign of warming ties

For some time in the future, the relationship between China and Japan will be one of neither enemies nor friends where cooperation and conflicts coexist.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/8 20:18:40

Why China is indispensable for peace on peninsula

The theory that China fears being marginalized is not well grounded. As a close neighbor to the peninsula, China has played and will continue to play a vital role. With balanced, skillful and sophisticated diplomacy toward North Korea, China will prove an indispensable player in the process of facilitating a sustained peace on the peninsula.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/7 20:43:40

China-Indonesia relations move forward, need care from both sides

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang started an official visit to Indonesia at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday. This was the first foreign visit by Li since the new Chinese leadership was elected in March.
Source: Global Times | 2018/5/7 20:43:39

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