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Manila's China policy not dictated by ideology


In the final analysis, the Philippine president has the ultimate say in foreign policy. If endowed with outstanding political capacity, Duterte will be able to bridge domestic political divisions and reverse the direction of foreign policy. However, there is still a long way to go to cultivate pro-China forces within the Philippines.


Washington visit may not boost Abe's rule

The cronyism scandal has damaged Abe's reputation. Abe hopes to take the opportunity of his US trip to help him out of a domestic quagmire. However the economic price in exchange for US political support will be paid by the Japanese people. If the expense is unaffordable, the trip will not help him regain approval but will become the last cause of his failure.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/16 21:03:39

NK nuke issue helps expand Russian influence

Russia's stance on the North Korean nuclear issue indicates the country is no longer a globally influential power but is capable of maintaining its influence on core Eurasian issues. China and Russia basically share the same stance on the North Korean nuclear issue and so they could coordinate with each other to achieve common interests.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/15 20:58:40

Will Japan be marginalized on North Korea denuclearization issue?

In the past, the US was unwilling to provide North Korea security assurances. This has resulted in multiple losers. All parties concerned should learn from such experiences.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/15 20:58:39

India's adjustment of China policy a good start

Nonetheless, India's adjustment of its China policy is a return to its principle of strategic autonomy and the non-alignment policy. The change serves as the start of getting back on the healthy development track of its ties with China. Beijing-New Delhi ties are heading for more mature and stable development.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/12 20:23:40

Singapore's multilateral trade policies clash with Trump's protectionism

Singapore's policy options will inevitably be to maintain an open mind in the economic and trade arena and work with countries including China to seek the certainty of global and regional multilateral economic and trade systems. In this regard, the theme of the 2018 Boao forum – An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity – is in line with Singapore's interests.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/11 21:33:40

Can India keep momentum of opening up?

India is pursuing rejuvenation of the nation. This goal can only be achieved through continuous reform and opening up, but it also requires an increased ability to adapt by resolving the impacts brought on by opening.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/11 21:23:40

The potential for Japan-North Korea summit and its obvious limitations

In the past decade, Japanese strategic thinking on the Korean Peninsula has stalled, simply concentrating on economic sanctions and missile defense systems. It is time for Japan to adjust its approach and coordinate with other major parties than the US. The adjustment of Japanese relations with its East Asian neighbors needs to proceed based on a long-term vision rather than a short-term response toward the recent dramatic developments of the Korean Peninsula.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/10 21:53:39

China continues key role in Korean Peninsula denuclearization

The denuclearization on the peninsula can be achieved if relevant parties ramp up efforts to ensure smooth strategic communication, enhance strategic mutual trust and balance their reasonable interest concerns. At the same time, all sides should demonstrate sincerity and patience in addressing the North Korea nuclear issue.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/9 20:38:40

Washington should be sincere in Kim-Trump summit

As the incoming US secretary of state is a hard-liner on North Korea, voices calling for a war against Pyongyang will be on the rise if the summit collapses. Frankly speaking, North Korea has limited leeway and the US has more say. Therefore, the Trump administration needs to demonstrate sincerity in negotiations with North Korea.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/8 21:28:39

China supplies ballast for stability on peninsula

The situation on the Korean Peninsula has improved this year since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced the transformation of his diplomatic strategies in the 2018 New Year's speech and the country participated in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Peace and dialogue have again become the main theme, which is partly attributed to China's constructive role in the issue.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/6 12:44:58

World needs stable and predictable Sino-Indian relations

It's widely believed that China-India relations will likely become one of the most important bilateral relations. The change in Sino-Indian ties comes as a result of the changing world order and the two countries' rapid rise.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/5 10:08:07

Pakistan balances foreign policy in response to tougher US approach

In this critical time, Islamabad needs the international community's support rather than being left alone. A stable Pakistan can play a much greater role in peace in Afghanistan and the region.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/3 21:03:40

Xi-Kim meeting generates positive momentum

To further deepen the hard-won relaxed atmosphere, we need to transform the achievements of the Xi-Kim meeting into more positive factors, continue to play a constructive role and promote the denuclearization of the peninsula in future dialogues.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/3 21:03:39

Do closer Tokyo-New Delhi relations meet their domestic needs or target China?

Tokyo-New Delhi cooperation, with a weak foundation, hasn't yielded the desired results so far, and the two countries will see their ties cool once cooperation delivers less than expected. Thus China should view and handle closer Japan-India relations with composure, and oppose any bilateral cooperation that targets a third party.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/2 20:58:40

Xi-Kim meeting paves way for next summits

The Xi-Kim summit was one of the diplomatic achievements of China and North Korea, but this was a win not only for the two nations but for all of the stakeholders in the region.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/2 20:53:40

Including India in CPEC good for region

It might be difficult for India and Pakistan to think about a change in their nationalistic perspectives on Kashmir. To begin, they can devise a modus operandi that cooperation on the corridor will not affect their stance. Or at least India can join or be invited to participate where alleged sovereignty is not infringed.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/1 20:03:39

China's rapid development benefits ASEAN, gives new impetus to world

We hope the ASEAN states can seize the opportunity, ramp up strategic coordination and deepen cooperation in a bid to make China-ASEAN ties create more benefits for the two sides, boost the regional economy and serve as ballast for regional peace and stability.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/29 21:08:40

Will new president reinvigorate Myanmar?

The Myanmese public expects the new president to strengthen the crackdown on corruption and tackle external and internal conundrums so as to lead the country to rapid development. However, as a Myanmese proverb goes, the country is “overwhelmed by 16,000 problems.” After Win Myint takes office on Friday, he, Suu Kyi and the Myanmar government will keep facing multiple challenges.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/29 21:03:41