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Trump U-turn on Pakistan reflects failure of US Afghanistan policy

The Trump administration previously used to highlight India's role in the future reconstruction of Afghanistan and publicly blast Pakistan, trying to force Islamabad to do what Washington asks. But the US has come to realize it must seek help from Pakistan after its negotiations failed with the Taliban.

Singaporean Chinese struggle with identity amid cross currents

The right grasp of the identity of Singaporean Chinese is a necessity to properly deal with China-Singapore relations.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/12 17:33:40

Foreign policy key for Modi in 2019 elections

How long the Modi administration's China policy will last is in question. Some forces within the BJP dissatisfied with the prime minister's foreign policy expect him to implement more pro-West and pro-US measures while taking a tougher stance against neighboring countries. To gain victory in the general elections, Modi may have to make use of Hindu nationalism and provoke disputes with Pakistan. Keeping a balance between the East and the West remains his biggest diplomatic challenge for India.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/12 17:33:40

War-ending declaration good, but not necessary

There is a noticeably outstanding distinction between a declaration to end the war on the Korean Peninsula and a peace accord that will finally take the place of the Korean War armistice agreement. A war-ending declaration will never be the same as a peace accord in this case.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/9 13:58:39

No need to over-interpret Mahathir's simultaneous reaching out to China and Japan

China welcomes Mahathir's visit and should not lose confidence even if Malaysia deepens its ties with Japan.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/9 20:48:40

Street vendors economy unsustainable

Emerging Asian economies are key areas of the Belt and Road initiative that China is pushing forward. Achievements in these areas will enhance the attractiveness of the Belt and Road platform.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/8 20:23:40

US stirring trouble in SE Asia with security investment

Washington may be consumed by extreme mania caused due to strategic anxiety about China and it can only find the right cure in its own medicine chest.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/7 20:08:40

Indo-Pacific strategy more a geopolitical military alliance

Most Indo-Pacific developing countries, including India, currently cannot meet the standards in terms of market access, environment, labor and intellectual property rights. In such circumstances, the US can work with developed economies in the region, such as Japan, Australia and Singapore, toward the goal.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/7 20:08:39

Naysayers raise debt trap bogey to derail

A pointless debate before accepting FDI is premature and motivated. Such debates not only discourage investors but also lead the country into an “underdevelopment trap.”
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/6 20:33:39

Japan has to strike balance in ties with US over Indo-Pacific

The US-Japan alliance won't collapse for the time being. But if the Trump administration's trade protectionism persists, it will destabilize the alliance.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/6 19:58:40

Sino-Malaysian relations look to a fresh start

There may be quite a few challenges ahead, but China and Malaysia are now standing on a new starting point for continuing their friendly and cooperative journey. For both nations, it is an opportunity to take their relationship to a new level. Mahathir's China visit is approaching. This is likely to become a preface to the new bilateral ties.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/5 20:38:39

West's accusation of unfair vote won't hinder Cambodia's progress

The party was barred from contesting by the Supreme Court for plotting to topple the government. This is blunt intervention in the internal affairs of others. The purpose is to expand its influence in Cambodia and foster pro-Western forces. It's easy to see that their allegations about China-Cambodian collusion and about Cambodia's democracy are feeble.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/2 18:33:40

Economic reform key to Modi's governance

The odds are that real reforms are bound to be controversial, before their benefits are fully realized. Let's hope Indians are patient enough, while Indian decision-makers are capable and smart enough, so that the country can navigate the uncharted waters of its economic take-off.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/2 16:18:39

China and sustainable modernization

China's modernization has come to an essential stage. Although further innovations are important, sustainability turns out to be crucial.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/1 17:23:39

Why Myanmar is concerned about Chinese investment

As a country in transition to democracy and with a developing economy, Myanmar must by all means avoid not becoming entangled in any geostrategic rivalry. What the NLD government should pursue is a right and proper political management.
Source: Global Times | 2018/8/1 12:28:39

Is Australia warming up to Belt and Road?

Australia is still skeptical about ratcheting up its relationship with China, a rising Asian powerhouse. Furthermore, an active initiator of the Indo-Pacific strategy, Canberra has an overt intention to contain Beijing's influence given its alliance with Washington. It's also been interfering in the South China Sea issue, being at odds with the Chinese government in terms of solutions.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/31 19:58:40

Modi's reform drive faces litmus test in general elections next year

Is Modi good for India? The state elections in 2017 have shown the people's judgment, and the general elections in 2019 will give the final verdict.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/31 19:53:39

US, allies distort China in South Pacific

A zero-sum approach is definitely unwarranted. In 2012, China, New Zealand and Cook Island agreed to cooperate on a NZ$60 million project to upgrade the water supply network in Rarotonga, Cook Islands' main island. More similar projects can be carried out, but only if some countries stop viewing China's global influence from a cold war perspective.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/30 19:18:39

With Imran at helm, new Pakistan govt will cement ties with Beijing

The new government should not only focus on national development but also improve ties with countries in the region as well as international powers.
Source: Global Times | 2018/7/30 18:48:40