OPINION

US president makes ‘America first’ priority in early months


Trump’s first 100 days in office have displayed what the priorities of his presidency are, with articulate policy measures on the US’ foreign relations and the “America first” strategy.

Will Pyongyang be wise to take a step back?

The North Korea nuclear issue is like a puzzle filled with bombs. Pyongyang must not strike a match and detonate it. What it needs is big wisdom to realize a soft landing.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/25 0:13:39

Reviving the deal

Japan is ready to relaunch the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the US in a dramatic shift of position that may revive the huge trade deal.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 22:18:39

Campus murder leaves Pakistanis perplexed

In one of the most saddening, baffling and alarming incidents of Pakistani campus violence, a young male university student Mashal Khan has recently been brutally murdered by a mob, apparently after being tortured. This has left the whole nation wondering: Who killed him and why?
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:33:39

Erdogan must seek to bridge a divided Turkey after referendum win

The President of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, was the winner of the referendum on April 16. Now able to concentrate the executive powers, he will be legally more powerful to govern as the parliamentary democracy system has been transformed into a presidential one.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:23:40

New Delhi must avoid turning Sino-Indian ties into confrontation

Border disputes are core conflicts between Beijing and New Delhi. The 1962 Sino-Indian border clashes turned the friendly bilateral relationship into confrontation. The bilateral relationship didn't return to normal until 1988 when then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi visited Beijing. The two sides inked the Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas in 1993.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:18:39

Manila treads a fine line of balanced diplomacy

On Friday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to China's Zhongye Island in the South China Sea, which is also claimed by the Philippines. It is the first such visit by a Philippine defense secretary in nearly 20 years and has ignited tensions between China and the Philippines.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:08:39

French election reveals emerging European trends

The first round of voting for France’s presidential election concluded earlier today. As results have shown, the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face off in the second and final round of the election on May 7.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 10:23:47

NK state media's broadside won’t impact China policy

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a commentary on Friday criticizing China, although without naming it, for “dancing to the tune of” the US’ North Korean policy. Some emotional statements in the article expressed Pyongyang’s determination to go down the nuclear path. The most provocative sentence that attracted worldwide attention in the commentary is that “if the country keeps applying economic sanctions on the DPRK … it should get itself ready to face the catastrophic consequences in the relations with the DPRK.”
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 23:53:39

US media views Ivanka’s China business with biased lens

On April 6, Ivanka Trump's company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks for jewelry, spa services and ladies' bags. Her company already holds 16 registered trademarks in China. The news has attracted much negative press in the US, as the media believes Ivanka and her family are deeply involved in China contacts and policy.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 23:53:39

Show of disunity

The latest polls indicating the public support for the four French presidential candidates suggest the results are too close to call with the country sharply divided.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 23:38:40

Is curbing the spread of fake news possible in age of Internet?

A recent news story about the first comments made by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has taken parts of the Internet by storm, with his ringing denunciation of Islamic extremism and pledges to forbid American schools from doing anything other than teaching children how to stop "radical Islam." The problem, of course, is that this "news" is completely false. But it, like other stories of a similar ilk, is far from harmless fun. In fact, they have created real harm, stirring up ethnic and religious conflicts and conjuring up the specter of enraged mobs seeking "justice" for events that have not in fact occurred.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 21:18:39

Belt and Road summit participation reflects global support for initiative

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently revealed that 28 heads of state and government have confirmed their attendance on the Belt and Road summit scheduled to be held in Beijing in mid-May. Some Western media quickly shed light on the absence of leaders from major Western powers. How to respond to such reports? What impacts will the upcoming summit have?
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 21:08:39

B&R making advances in South Asia

Since China proposed the Belt and Road project in 2013, there has been heated discussion outside China, especially in South Asian countries adjacent to China. What are the considerations and concerns of South Asian countries toward this initiative? How can China address their concerns and boost cooperation?
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 20:58:40