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.
NHK reported that US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan on April 18 after a two-day visit to South Korea and held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso. During the meeting with Abe, Pence reaffirmed the Japan-US alliance as the cornerstone for a stable Asia-Pacific. The US-Japan Economic Dialogue with Aso did not yield any concrete result, but the two sides agreed to promote dialogue in common strategies in trade and investment rules, economic policies and infrastructure investment, and to hold their second economic dialogue by the end of this year.
China opposes North Korea's nuclear program, and also opposes changing the status quo of the Korean Peninsula through military force.
Unlike the West, many universities in China, fenced and guarded around the clock, are like Ivory Towers where students hardly step out of the small social circles they have formed. While college students are always encouraged to participate in various kinds of campus groups to accumulate "social" experiences, they are sheltered by fences and guards, and given no access to the real world. Opening up means more exchanges and integration with people outside their community and is an important way to prepare them for the workplace.
The decline of the US steel industry is a result of market forces. As with outsourcing, companies responded to high costs of labor and production in the US, coupled with a strong dollar. Therefore it is impossible that this sector be revitalized by administrative orders or protectionist policies.
China's recent announcement of the newly standardized names of six places in South Tibet has unsurprisingly set the Indian media ablaze. Over the past two days, quite a few Indian media outlets, such as the Hindustan Times, described Beijing's latest move as "revenge" and "retaliation" against India for hosting the 14th Dalai Lama in the disputed border region earlier this month.
The South Korean media has launched a new wave of nationalism due to some remarks US President Donald Trump made during a media interview. However, the South Korean media has targeted China.
China's One Belt and One Road initiative is open to India, but the latter still hesitates on the participation even the Chinese foreign minister stressed that the project in Pakistan-administered Kashmir have "no relationship with the dispute."
When seeing beggars on the street, we feel sorry for them and would like to help them by giving them spare coins, which, indeed, is worth advocating and is a good virtue. But this does not mean it is right to take advantage of other people’s kindness and compassion for personal benefits.
Among the pictures of the beautiful imperial gardens and Zen temples in Japan I took while traveling in the country recently, there is one that's not so beautiful. It's a National Police Agency of Japan poster on a billboard in a quiet residential neighborhood in Kyoto featuring the snapshots of eight men. They are wanted for committing a variety of crimes in various precincts across the country and the details are listed beside their faces.
China and Nepal kicked off their first-ever joint military exercise, code-named "Sagarmatha Friendship 2017," on April 16 at Nepal Army's Para Training School in Kathmandu. The drill will last 10 days and its main purposes are counterterrorism and disaster relief. It was said the two countries initially planned to hold a battalion-scale military exercise. However, facing strong opposition from India, Nepal had to compress the size of the military exercise and changed the venue to a military school. But even so, India's security strategy observers and media paid close attention to the military exercise.
With Russia's 2018 presidential election approaching, the country's political opposition has become increasingly active in demanding a change in power.
As the world’s two most influential powers, the future relations between China and the US have garnered worldwide attention. Recently, the Russia Today talked with Wang Wen, dean of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, over the development of the bilateral relationship and whether it’s possible to avoid confrontation. The following is an excerpt from the interview.
The "armada" was not sent into the Sea of Japan as a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea while Trump still has many "options on the table" in responding to the North's active missile tests.