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Japan aims to expand political clout by creating global military footprint

We can see that Japan signing ACSAs with six countries is not just for defense and military purposes, it's part of an overall plan to influence economics, politics, military and culture, which is a long-term strategic mind-set of the Japanese government.

Tokyo's TPP invitation unattractive to London

In this sense, the UK will be more interested in signing bilateral FTAs with major economies in Asia like Japan. Despite Abe welcoming the UK into the TPP with open arms, London's attitude to joining the 11-member pact may not be optimistic.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/14 17:08:39

S.China Sea can be more risky than trade

Experience proves that sovereignty disputes can be shelved. If each side has a different understanding of freedom of navigation, they should resort to politics and law, not show of force. If the hard-won tranquility in the South China Sea is destroyed again, the region's stability and peace will be sacrificed. The biggest victim would be the countries in the region themselves.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/11 18:43:41

Pompeo's Asia trip yields results, yet future regional trajectory difficult to predict

It is obvious that Pompeo understands China's attitude toward the US as well as Beijing's bottom line, and he has thus achieved his goal of visiting China. But because of a capricious US president, the future of US' policy toward China remains uncertain.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/10 18:43:40

Washington in a fix over India-Russia weapons trade as sanctions likely to backfire

Indian and Russian militaries regularly hold joint drills, which not only enhance their military cooperation, but boost strategic trust between the two countries. Putin and Modi said in a statement after their meeting that the two countries will continue carrying out joint military drills this year, which means their military cooperation won't be affected by US threats.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/9 20:03:39

Rifts on display during Pompeo's China visit

Continuous confrontation will impair mutual trust on regional and global affairs. A well-functioning Sino-US relationship is essential for both countries and the entire Northeast Asian region. Compromises are needed for the two to walk out of the current dilemma.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/9 19:58:39

Can Pompeo trip turn vague commitment into actions?

In any case, whether during Pompeo's Asia trip or the likely Trump-Kim Summit in coming weeks, there is an urgency to find agreement on basic principles to negotiate the details of the vague commitments to peace and denuclearization. Otherwise, I fear a return to the tensions and war threats of 2017.
Source: Global Times | 2018/10/7 17:58:39

Volatile political culture in Philippines tests Duterte

Duterte amended the constitution and led a more widely influential federal reform in 2018 after his successful anti-terrorist crackdown in South Marawi. This has become a point of contention between him and the opposition. Although the coup was defeated, the future crises facing Duterte can hardly be completely resolved.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/28 19:13:40

Maldives will prioritize own interest, not India's

Western countries believe that no major nation wants to cooperate with a small country such as the Maldives without any strategic goals. China believes Indian Ocean is important, but Beijing doesn't even have a complete Indian Ocean strategy. However, when Beijing built support facility in Djibouti, the move attracted widespread attention from Western countries, which speculated that China is trying to expand its influence. These episodes, including the Maldivian presidential election, have reminded Beijing that it may face increasing risk in its further overseas investment.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/27 20:23:40

China-Japan-SK FTA key to 'Asia for Asians'

Strategic changes often come from transcendence, and transcendence requires courage, more wisdom and keen insight. If the three countries can seize the opportunities and promote negotiations, Asia will find a way out of the post-war labyrinth and achieve the goal of “Asia for Asians.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/26 20:23:39

Beijing's involvement in Myanmar peace does not amount to interference

Obviously, this is the biggest challenge for the dream of peace proposed in the Panglong Peace Conference, and to overcome this challenge, the Myanmar government, military and ethnic armed groups need more political wisdom and patience.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/25 20:38:39

China, India should cooperate in Maldives

Beijing has come up with a constructive “two-plus-one” mechanism – China and India plus another South Asian country – as a demonstration of sincerity. The mechanism can not only enhance mutual trust between China and India, but prevent other South Asian countries from being caught in between. This aims to harmonize relations between countries and serves the interest of all relevant parties, and is worth a careful consideration by New Delhi. Perhaps the two powers can have a try in the Maldives first.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/25 20:13:39

With Abe at helm, Sino-Japanese relations likely to develop consistently

Meanwhile, the Abe administration needs China's help to protect the multilateral free trade system, to stand against US trade protectionism and to develop infrastructure in a third country. All this will deepen cooperation. That being said, Sino-Japanese relations will develop stably in the future.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/24 20:03:39

South Korea visit plan shows Kim ready to admit development gap

In the past decades, the central question on the Korean Peninsula issue has been whether North Korea is inclined to reforms. But now the focus would be more on how the US and President Trump could grasp this historic opportunity to make change happen earlier and smoother by skillfully navigating US domestic politics.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/20 19:43:40

Pyongyang joint declaration a landmark in inter-Korean ties

If the US is not satisfied with the progress of North Korea's denuclearization, it is likely to obstruct South Korea's plans and measures.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/20 19:38:40

Why Thailand is seeking Sino-Japanese cooperation in infrastructure

A new model of cooperation that is market-oriented and mutually beneficial and allows enterprises to play the leading role should be set up and be promoted to regions including Southeast Asia and Africa.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/19 19:38:41

Huawei ban will sour Indian business climate

It is possible that Huawei may strive for an appropriate way to participate in India's 5G construction. It is hoped that the Indian government will create a more friendly and positive environment for economic cooperation between the two countries.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/19 19:33:44

Okinawa US military base issue festers in post-governor Takeshi Onaga era

Whatever the election result, both the Japanese government and the majority of Japanese people are responsible for discrimination against Okinawa. And with the death of Onaga this issue cannot be morally evaded. When the election ends, I together with other Japanese people should listen to the voice of people in Okinawa and respect their choice.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/18 19:38:40

How far can Moon's North Korea visit go?

Moon's Pyongyang tour will create a peaceful atmosphere on the peninsula and inject new momentum into the denuclearization process and peace mechanism.
Source: Global Times | 2018/9/18 19:33:40