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Can religious identity bring unity to India?

We need to pay attention to whether India can find a stable path between religious nationalism and harmony among religions.

Even after sanction waiver ends, impossible for Washington to bend Tehran

In the future, at least in US President Donald Trump's tenure, there is little prospect of a thaw in Washington-Tehran relations. The Trump administration's pro-Israel, anti-Iran stance is clear. Its approach to deter Iran is mainly through economic measures, together with diplomatic intimidation and isolation. By these means, the US can contain Iran's regional expansion and weaken the Middle Eastern country to a considerable extent. But Trump Administration may not launch military strike as it doesn't fit Trump's way of behaving.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/28 21:08:42

Bluebook reflects Tokyo fine-tuning diplomacy

The latest Diplomatic Bluebook sends some contradictory signals on China-Japan relations. The Abe government is eager to deepen China-Japan relations, but at the same time it is unwilling to change its mind-set on certain long-term complicated issues. Tokyo wants to develop bilateral relations with Beijing and strengthen economic and trade exchanges with the latter, but it also worries about annoying the US. Therefore, the key to develop China-Japan ties still lies with Japan. It is hoped that the Abe regime will be more sincere in dealing with ties with neighbors.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/28 20:13:03

BRI can help boost Bangladesh economic zones, support poverty reduction measures

China could succeed in making environmental issues a salient feature of its society through this approach. As Bangladesh is the worst possible victim of climate change, it can forge greater cooperation with China over the issue under the BRI. Ecological civilization is more relevant to Bangladesh as the approach can strike a balance between rapid development and environment protection, which is a must for sustainable development.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/25 18:38:40

BRI is a bridge to shared prosperity

Most recently, our two countries have also strengthened our strategic media partnerships to strengthen the already close cultural and political ties between our people and ensure greater alignment around the mutually beneficial goals of the Belt and Road. Together we will advocate and leverage our networks to encourage the international community to invest in Belt and Road projects, because we firmly believe that this initiative will make a profound contribution to our common vision for a sustainable, progressive and prosperous future.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/25 18:33:40

Easter attacks reflect dilemma of religious governance

Colombo is an important node of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” and thus Sri Lanka is an integral part of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The stability and prosperity of Sri Lanka is related to mutual development of BRI with China.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/24 20:18:41

Secularization answer to peace of religions

Sri Lankans partly attribute this construction boom to the Chinese people. When they mention China, they say that the Chinese are our good friends. The entry of atheist Chinese who are secular is changing the economic structure here. Secularization brought by the Chinese will help play down religious disputes among different faiths in the country. Some Westerners say that Chinese people cannot go far because they do not believe in religion. However, they ignore the power of secularization in bringing about change.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/24 20:18:40

Port will make Gwadar a prosperous city

The Gwadar Port in Pakistan is a key project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The strategic location of the port promises to be a facilitator of regional trade and development. Pakistani journalist Yasir Habib Khan, on behalf of the Global Times (GT), interviewed Naseer Khan Kashani (Kashani), chairman of Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) under the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, on how the port is going to influence development in the region.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/23 19:13:41

Secular politics poised to prevail over conservatism in Indonesian general elections

In fact, this is the rationale behind development of secular politics and also Indonesian state philosophy. Thus, the 2019 general elections are also a test of how Indonesian people treat the country's official, foundational philosophy of “Pancasila” – belief in the one and only God, a just and civilized humanity, a unified Indonesia, democracy led by the wisdom of the people's representatives, and social justice for all Indonesians. Indeed, the failure of conservatism does not mean that it has disappeared. Instead, it is still present in Indonesia's politics. The Widodo administration still needs to deal with extreme religious thought and conservatism in the future.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/22 21:03:40

Nepal looks to Beijing with optimism

To seize BRI opportunities, now is the time for Nepal to build sustainable trust with Chinese leadership and put forward the specific areas and projects of cooperation. Content with Chinese policies on noninterference in other countries' domestic affairs, Nepal will always look to Beijing with eyes full of hope.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/22 19:58:40

Modi's diplomatic legacy likely to continue regardless of election result

An informal meeting between Modi and Xi in Wuhan in late April, 2018 became a milestone in bilateral relations. This mechanism drives the relationship from the top town. Whoever wins the election, intensified political, cultural and economic interactions between the two giants will not change significantly.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/21 20:53:39

What to expect from a Kim-Putin meeting?

As far as China is concerned, Russia plays a balancing role in the nuclear issue. It is precisely because of China and Russia's stance to press for a peaceful resolution of the issue that the situation in the region has not worsened. China likes seeing Russia play a positive role on the North Korean nuclear issue through its “limited participation.”
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/21 20:48:39

Much at stake for Abe in imminent US meet

For the time being, the Abe administration delays its responses to US heat on economic and trade issues, but how long can such tactics last?
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/18 17:43:41

BRI helps countries bring governance reform

BRI helps countries improve governance by advancing development. All specific projects, including durian production, road management, customs links, and cooperation in capital and technology, will bring about policy and governance changes inch by inch. It is only such steady governance reform based on development that can be the foundation of good governance.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/17 18:43:41

US military ties could be a trap for India

Two events in 2017, the China-India border standoff and the announcement of the largest ever Malabar series of US-India-Japan trilateral naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal, continue to serve as a reminder of the strategic trap that India could find itself in the near and distant future.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/16 20:08:40

Being China's neighbor and US ally, Thailand needs to strike a balance between the two

Furthermore, Thailand lacks research and technical personnel. Labor costs in the Southeast Asian nation are higher than in neighboring countries, which could also affect Chinese investment in Thailand.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/15 20:13:41

Vote result won't hurt Modi's bid to boost ties

China recognizes India's rise and its development potential, and attaches great importance to bilateral relations. The development of China-India relations should be partly attributed to the Modi administration's efforts and India's awareness of China's significance and the fact that Beijing can bring opportunities rather than threats. Therefore, regardless of the election results, China-India relations will keep developing in the future no matter which party is at the helm of affairs.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/15 20:08:40

Strategic retreat the better choice for Iran

In recent years, Iran's strong presence in Yemen and Syria has triggered panic in the Arab world and Israel. If Iran adopts a prudent policy of strategic retreat, war and severe internal turmoil could be avoided. But if it continues to be intransigent, the denouement would be hard to imagine.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/14 20:18:39

Shady donations mar India's general election

But India has effective political mobilization, and Indians are enthusiastic about elections. In an ordinary Indian's eyes, voting brings hope of changing the status quo. Although general elections may not bring expected gains, all they can do is participate in the game.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/11 19:58:41