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Geopolitical bias hinders India in benefitting from Belt & Road initiative

At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that the Belt and Road summit will be held in May in Beijing. The summit, the first of its kind, has since attracted wide attention from the international community.

NYT report ignores facts, misrepresents Chinese-Myanmese ties

The peaceful coexistence between Chinese and local people will boost Mandalay’s development to a higher level.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/1 21:08:39

Park’s legacy at risk as scandal continues

These three legacies are actually interrelated in one way or another. Some consequential effects might come, in light of the ongoing and escalating internal crisis brought by the confidante scandal, if some serious and workable adjustments to these three legacies cannot be added to South Korea’s political agenda in the near future.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/1 20:58:39

Thai royals need to balance govt, military

Quite a few developing countries like Thailand are now entangled in unrest because the relationships between the government and the military have been poorly handled. It is both an age-old headache and a new problem for Bangkok.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/30 23:23:39

Will intelligence sharing treaty bring South Korea closer to Japan?

Therefore, whether the GSOMIA could tie South Korea to the chariot of the US and Japan still remains unclear.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/29 21:28:39

Myanmar rebels cause great expense to China

Generally speaking, conflicts between the Myanmese government and ethnic armed groups will be a major obstacle for the advancement of China’s Belt and Road initiative, and the inclusive Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/29 21:23:39

Putin visit to Japan will yield no quick results

Putin’s forthcoming trip will have a profound impact on the two nations’ bilateral relationship and the situation in Northeast Asia, which deserves attention and further discussion.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/28 22:03:39

Vietnamese exit from TPP a chance for China to push regional trade pact

Vietnam's parliament has further twisted the already contorted US "ring of steel" isolating China by shelving the ratification of the economic net of the Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/27 18:48:39

Still no prospects for Japan-Russia peace pact

For Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held in Lima, Peru, on November 20, must have been a very disappointing experience. His meeting with outgoing US President Barack Obama lasted about four minutes, and he also only had a very short conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/27 18:48:39

Only negotiations, not violence, can improve peace prospects in Myanmar

As a third party, China’s mediation is able to create favorable conditions for dialogue among parties concerned, but ultimately the only solution should still lie in peace talks and political consultations. This requires the NLD government, the military and ethnic armed groups to use more political wisdom and patience and find a solution satisfactory to all parties concerned.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/24 19:43:39

Intel pact can’t lift Park from political scandal

The GSOMIA might result in an outbreak of public’s anger against Park’s administration. Some opposition parties are claiming that Park is selling out her country by approving the deal. If she falls from power because of the incident, the next president will likely come from one of opposition parties. At that time, the intelligence sharing agreement will possibly be abolished.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/24 19:38:39

Trump win means US New Silk Road project faces slow death

For now, it seems that the Trump presidency will struggle to formulate a Central Asia policy of its own any time soon. His principal concern will be to address domestic issues in keeping with what he said during the campaign and what his supporters expect of him. It means incidentally the New Silk Road strategy unveiled in 2011, is about to die a slow death as Central Asia adapts to new reality.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/23 21:48:40

Beijing-Philippine fishing deal could foreshadow oil pact

If this becomes reality, China and the Philippines can create a brand-new model for the region to peacefully address sovereignty disputes. Principles established in the process will facilitate China’s peaceful rise. Perhaps China permitting Filipinos to fish near Huangyan Island is an attempt to explore such a new model.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/23 19:03:39

Myanmar must share power for peace

Under the current circumstance, more efforts are needed to promote peace talks. China can take stronger measures of creative involvement to intensify coordination and mediation, and urge the military, the government and ethnic armed groups to go back to the negotiating table.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/22 18:28:39

Compromise needed in Indo-Pak standoff

India, despite its absolute advantages in overall national strength, has paid heavy costs for the long-term confrontation with Pakistan as well. India is viewed as a South Asian country parallel to Pakistan, which drags it away from its grand ambitions to be a world power.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/21 18:48:39

Abe’s dance with once-spurned Trump

Abe may have proposed helping Trump “Make America Great Again” by seeking opportunities for bilateral economic cooperation during their meeting. This will not only help shaping a closer relationship with Trump and improve Japan’s status in the eyes of Trump, but also help maintain a solid alliance between the two countries.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/20 19:18:39

US threat underlying reason for North Korean nuclear weapons

We have promised to the international community that North Korea’s nuclear weapons are solely for self-defense, and are only used as deterrence against the US.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/17 19:53:39

Trump unlikely to cross China’s core interests

Every Asia-Pacific country is speculating on Trump’s new policies. The pendulum effect in US policies will see Obama’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific being rebalanced.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/17 19:18:39

Assault on underground economy may backfire on Indian prime minister

While it takes political courage to launch such a trailblazing and massive campaign; it actually takes far more wisdom to give it a happy ending. Given the fact that people have to pay an absurdly high price for the expected reform, if BJP fails to deliver its high-sounding rhetoric and promises, then Modi’s much-lauded “master stroke” or “big bang reform” will likely be reduced to “nasty partisan conspiracy” and even a “costly political joke.”
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/16 22:23:39