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Balancing diplomacy in best interest of Nepal

Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's ongoing visit to China, his first after re-election, has been underscored as important by the two countries. This has caught India's attention. Oli's visit could be historic, promoting comprehensive cooperation between China and Nepal and injecting vitality into the Himalayan nation's economic development.

UN best framework to address NK nuke issue

Beijing should encourage Seoul to play a bigger role in solving this issue while preventing their ties from being shocked by it. The Moon Jae-in government must define the bottom line of the Sunshine Policy and should not, without any premise, object to addressing Pyongyang's nuclear issue in non-peaceful means.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/21 18:53:39

On 150th anniversary of Meiji Restoration, Japan has important lessons to learn

Thus at the crucial moment of the 150th anniversary of Meiji Restoration, the Abe government should make efforts to appreciate the wisdom and vision of that generation and try to learn from history.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/18 20:43:39

With Netanyahu's visit, India pivots to Israel

While working to strengthen cooperation with Israel, the Modi government also attaches importance to relations with Arab countries, and will stick to its stance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Perhaps India can play a major role in the Middle East peace process.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/18 20:38:40

Global value chain decides national prosperity

Unemployment has become a sign of a country's marginalization in the process of globalization. Apart from a few countries that rely on the export of energy and raw materials to sustain their economy, Central Asia and the Middle East as a whole have seen decreasing participation in the global value chain (GVC).
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/17 21:03:39

Mild approach pays off for China in East Asia, Western Pacific

After the 19th CPC National Congress, China will be more active participating in international politics, economics and global governance, and will play a leading role in certain fields.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/16 20:33:40

Moon deserves chance to let sunshine in

History has made it clear that tough resolutions will not work in addressing the nuclear issue. The right choice is openness, inclusiveness and consultation. Given more time, perhaps Moon's efforts will work out this time.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/16 20:33:39

India's sense of superiority miffs neighbors

As a major power in South Asia, India insists on a superior status in its neighbors' foreign policies, and has been wanting these countries to follow the “India First” policy since the end of WWII.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/15 21:18:40

Reform needed to boost construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

To advance industrial cooperation, especially construction of industrial parks, Pakistan needs to carry out deep reforms in several areas, amend laws and frame corresponding policies. This requires coordination across party lines and more governmental efficiency.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/14 18:58:39

'Comfort women' deal hits Seoul-Tokyo ties

Moon seems to be trying to strike a balance between responding to public opinion and diplomacy with Japan. He did not renegotiate with Japan as declared during the presidential election or revoke the deal.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/14 18:53:40

North-South détente, a new opportunity for peaceful settlement of crisis

The outcome of the inter-Korean talks should be regarded as the experimental version of the “suspension for suspension” proposal. The demand that North Korea suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea military drills is in the interest of all parties.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/11 20:48:39

Does the world underestimate Kim Jong-un?

Whether the North Korean regime would remain stable was also once questioned as Kim was under 30 when he took power. But undoubtedly, he has established supreme authority in North Korea, observers noted. Meanwhile, he has cultivated a generation of young cadres to ensure a smooth leadership shift.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/11 20:43:39

Ball in South Korea's court as North plays nice, talks peace

Pyongyang has posed a big conundrum for Seoul. If Moon is weak with Pyongyang, he will be labeled an appeaser, but getting tough goes against his left-wing identity and Sunshine Policy. Is there a middle path?
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/10 20:23:39

Low-end manufacturing indispensable to India

India is a populous country and unlike smaller countries, India can probably establish a complete end-to-end manufacturing system. But if India does not reform and open up in coming years, sustainable development is simply impossible.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/10 20:18:39

China must exercise caution in lifting ban on import of Japanese food

With recent improvements in Sino-Japanese ties, the possibility of setting up a special working group cannot be ruled out. However, even if the group is established, Beijing may not completely lift import restrictions on Japanese food. On the one hand, the key to lifting the ban lies in whether food products from Japan can meet Chinese standards. On the other, Chinese people's doubts over the food in the affected areas also play a crucial role. Even if imported food from Japan's disaster-affected region passed Chinese tests, it is not very likely to appear on Chinese dining tables given the distrust of the Chinese public.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/9 19:51:02

Trends of Asia in 2018: Trump's whimsical retreat buffets continent

What happens when Trump discovers that there is no interest in bilateral trade deals with the US? He has no Plan B. US exporters will start to lose markets as the EU-Japan, EU-Canada, TPP-11 come into effect.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/8 20:23:39

US repays Pakistani cooperation with enmity

If Pakistan's national interests and security cannot be ensured, the region will never see peace and stability. But if Trump's real intention is to maintain US military presence in the region by keeping the turmoil alive, he will probably have his way with this new policy.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/8 20:18:39

Japanese comedian's online criticism shows political correctness beating free speech

The controversy over Muramoto's comments shows that the Japanese elite's knowledge of China is limited and they still harbor a resentment against the country. Muramoto didn't say anything wrong. He just spoke the truth.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/7 19:08:39

Will Gokhale's new appointment signal difficult times ahead for Sino-Indian ties?

The appointment of Gokhale demonstrates that his diplomatic skills appeal to Modi. It also indicates that India will continue its hard-line stance toward China, except slight adjustments in keeping with international situation.
Source: Global Times | 2018/1/7 19:03:40