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China needs to focus on social welfare

In recent years, the Chinese government has been committed to improving the social security system, employment training system, and urban and rural living environment. The poverty alleviation program across the country has turned out to be fruitful, which demonstrates China's institutional efficiency.

Deteriorating Japan-South Korea ties unlikely to look up in short run

Trump's main goal lies in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. Frictions between Tokyo and Seoul,which stem from historical issues, will hardly ease soon. In the short-run, their bilateral relations would be neither good nor bad. Washington may get more involved depending on how the situation in the region evolves, including progress in East Asian economic integration, the peace process on the Korean Peninsula, development of China-US relations, and China's influence in the region.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 12:22:30

Can playing China card boost BJP's chances in India's general election?

The BJP projected the move as a "game changer" which it claimed would win it the support of a certain section of society but now finds itself on the back foot as the Congress came out with a proposal promising "minimum income guarantee" for every poor villager if the party was voted to power. The idea has left the BJP leadership unnerved.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 21:13:39

A nuclear North Korea only worsens, not improves interests of region

Given the territorial and historical disputes and balance of power in the region, a nuclear North Korea will drive South Korea and Japan to develop nuclear weapons, resulting in an arms race and fragile security. This does not help countries in the region, including North Korea, to achieve long-term stability and peaceful development.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 19:33:40

What to expect from the second Kim-Trump summit?

Kim and Trump will continue to play important roles in promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, but they need to consult the leaders of other stakeholders and seek their support and cooperation during the negotiation and implementation stages.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/10 12:38:39

Japan in Five Eyes will roil region

The group of five countries — Five Eyes — sharing intelligence, is trying to rope in Japan and Germany, according to a Reuters report in October, 2018.Egging on Tokyo to be a part of the group comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US, Japanese media recently claimed that "Japan deserves to be the Sixth Eye." Even if the Abe administration hasn't clearly expressed its intention, it is possible that Japan will join the alliance.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/6 10:52:54

Can second Trump-Kim summit break the stalemate?

US President Donald Trump will hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late February, the White House announced after Trump met Kim Yong-chol, North Korea's top negotiator.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/3 14:36:05

Time for China-India relations to abandon Western paradigm

Right now, the US is pushing the exclusive Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, comprising of the US, Japan, Australia and India. China and India should take the lead and make joint efforts to promote an open, inclusive, democratic and equal regional security framework that neither excludes the US nor Russia.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/1 11:53:40

What ECRL can teach Chinese firms

Although the suspension of ECRL and Myitsone hydropower dam did not severely impact China's relations with Malaysia and Myanmar, we need to learn lessons and analyze the problems of “go-out policy” and overseas investment in Belt and Road Initiative.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/31 15:08:40

Myitsone dam concerns Myanmar's credibility

How Myanmar deals with the stalled Myitsone Dam project will determine Myanmar's investment environment, the government's credibility and the long-term development of northern Myanmar.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/30 20:06:50

Public opinion and security concerns hurt resolution of Russia-Japan territorial row

Japan and Russia should strengthen people-to-people exchanges in the future, and only deeper understanding can help settle the territorial issues. If the Japan-Russia peace treaty can be signed within Abe's term of office, territorial disputes between the two countries will surely be solved in the “post-Abe era.”
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/30 12:23:39

Bloated troops bill may widen US-SK rift

Other US alliance relationships from that with Japan to those with European nations have been severely affected. The US demand to pile up troops cost on South Korea will further dampen the trust of other allies.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/29 16:38:40

Beijing, Seoul indispensable to second Kim-Trump summit

The danger of a breakdown in relations between North Korea and US is more likely to be contained if the two Koreas find a way to keep talking. The North-South Summits last year did provide a valuable channel for an indirect dialogue between North Korea and the US. In this sense, South Korea also plays the role of a buffer if talks become acrimonious.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/28 12:08:39

Have China-Japan relations entered a new era?

If the US continues to impose unfair sanctions on Chinese companies this year, whether Japan will follow suit shall determine the direction of its relations with China.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/27 12:15:20

In India, many poor kids inherit poverty

Trying to inspire children of the poor with the vastness and beauty of the world and to ignite their drive so they just might change their own fate, is probably the best an outsider can do.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/23 19:03:41

Procedural democracy leads to Brexit dilemma

A plebiscite or referendum is a legitimate way of taking decisions in Western liberal democracies, but a flawless procedure does not imply a perfect result.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/23 16:57:32

Does Manila want to move away from US?

The US may court the Philippines by offering more economic and military assistance. Meanwhile, Washington would also come down hard on Manila to force a rethink if it continues to show an unfriendly attitude.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/23 11:14:01

Is it sensible for India to follow US' footprint?

Speculating that China will adopt a tougher line with its growing strength is a serious misperception of Chinese diplomacy.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/22 18:48:40

Australia hovers on China outreach to Pacific

The sudden reversal in stance has been unambiguous keeping in mind so-called China's presence and influence in the region.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/21 13:53:22