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Australia woos India to counterbalance China

Bishop's India visit amid ongoing Sino-Indian tensions is a representative for India's growing significance in Australia's strategic calculus. In fact, the Turnbull administration has made no secret of its intentions to deepen security cooperation with its Indian counterpart.

THAAD exacerbates tensions in Korean Peninsula

On Wednesday, the US started moving parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile defense system to a planned deployment site in South Korea. How will this action affect the situation on the Korean Peninsula? What role can China play as it faces pressures from the deployment of THAAD and the North Korea’s nuclear threats?
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/27 23:43:41

Trump’s strategy shifts in tackling NK nuke issue

The US will also spare no efforts in trying to persuade the international community to impose “sub-sanctions” on North Korea and limit the country’s interactions with the outside world, so as to stifle Pyongyang’s source of finance.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/27 17:58:40

Unfair education exposes India’s social rift

The education situation in India should also serve as a warning to China.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/26 19:23:40

Japan exaggerates danger on peninsula to advance military interests

Given the country’s sluggish economy for the moment, and the ineffective Abenomics, the Japanese government is secretly hoping that a war on the peninsula could break out.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/26 18:58:40

China’s help crucial to Myanmar’s reform

The relationship between the military and the government was the main issue facing the NLD after it assumed power.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/25 20:57:59

New Delhi must avoid turning Sino-Indian ties into confrontation

Border disputes are core conflicts between Beijing and New Delhi. The 1962 Sino-Indian border clashes turned the friendly bilateral relationship into confrontation. The bilateral relationship didn't return to normal until 1988 when then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi visited Beijing. The two sides inked the Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas in 1993.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:18:39

Manila treads a fine line of balanced diplomacy

On Friday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to China's Zhongye Island in the South China Sea, which is also claimed by the Philippines. It is the first such visit by a Philippine defense secretary in nearly 20 years and has ignited tensions between China and the Philippines.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:08:39

Dialogue won’t patch up US-Japan discords

NHK reported that US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan on April 18 after a two-day visit to South Korea and held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso. During the meeting with Abe, Pence reaffirmed the Japan-US alliance as the cornerstone for a stable Asia-Pacific. The US-Japan Economic Dialogue with Aso did not yield any concrete result, but the two sides agreed to promote dialogue in common strategies in trade and investment rules, economic policies and infrastructure investment, and to hold their second economic dialogue by the end of this year.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 20:38:39

Immigration is not the root cause of high crime rate, lack of public safety

Among the pictures of the beautiful imperial gardens and Zen temples in Japan I took while traveling in the country recently, there is one that's not so beautiful. It's a National Police Agency of Japan poster on a billboard in a quiet residential neighborhood in Kyoto featuring the snapshots of eight men. They are wanted for committing a variety of crimes in various precincts across the country and the details are listed beside their faces.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/20 20:33:39

Indian worry over China-Nepal drill outdated

China and Nepal kicked off their first-ever joint military exercise, code-named "Sagarmatha Friendship 2017," on April 16 at Nepal Army's Para Training School in Kathmandu. The drill will last 10 days and its main purposes are counterterrorism and disaster relief. It was said the two countries initially planned to hold a battalion-scale military exercise. However, facing strong opposition from India, Nepal had to compress the size of the military exercise and changed the venue to a military school. But even so, India's security strategy observers and media paid close attention to the military exercise.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/20 20:28:39

Using MOAB can exert positive but limited effects on the Afghan peace process

The use of MOAB demonstrates that the Trump administration is inclined to choose a more active policy toward Afghanistan. It indicates that the core objective of the Trump administration's Afghan policy is to curb the growth of Taliban forces, crack down on IS and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and use military pressure to push the rebels to negotiate. Therefore, in the next two years, the US will not only maintain its military presence in Afghanistan but also may increase the number of troops.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/19 21:13:39

Referendum widens social rifts in Turkey

The constitutional referendum held in Turkey on Sunday is widely regarded as "the retrogression of democracy" by Western media. The new constitution will put an end to more than 90 years of parliamentary system in the country and strengthen the power of the president, which will make the government more authoritarian.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/19 21:08:39

Washington needs to apply both stick and carrot on the Korean Peninsula

China has put forward a dual-track approach to promote the denuclearization process and establish a peace regime, as well as a method called "suspension for suspension," by which it means when the North suspends all its nuclear and missile activities, the US and South Korea should cease their military drill. It is expected that Washington will not merely drop the "stick" but also pick up the "carrot."
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/18 19:33:39

Asians must stand against Western vulgarity

A Vietnamese-American doctor, David Dao, was brutalized by United Airlines on April 9. He lost two front teeth and suffered from a concussion after being beaten and dragged off the plane like an animal by airport security. But many people fail to recognize the degree to which Western culture, or Western "soft power," played a role in the beating.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/17 19:48:39

No unilateral solution to N.Korea nuke issue

North Korea launched an unidentified missile from the eastern port of Sinpo, South Hamkyong Province on Sunday morning, but the test ended in failure since the missile blew up almost immediately after the launch. At a time when US Vice-President Mike Pence was heading to South Korea, the launch was to some extent a warning to Washington.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/17 19:33:39

Gap between Suu Kyi and West expands

The Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) took over Myanmar's government from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in late March 2016. After one year in power, Suu Kyi talked about public disappointment with the NLD government during a TV speech last month. Apart from the Myanmese public, the US and Western public opinion are also critical of the NLD governance.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/16 19:23:39

THAAD’s fate depends on South Korea’s election

It is not too late for China to engage in the THAAD discussion with the new president and his government following the election.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/13 19:33:40

Shadow of war looms as Washington-Pyongyang tensions escalate

The situation on the Korean Peninsula has been turbulent for the past three months. With US President Donald Trump's Syria strike and US aircraft carrier's redirection to the waters near the peninsula, risks for an open war have reached new heights.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/13 19:23:39