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Afghan security needs urgent attention in wake of blast

A suicide blast ripped through the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan Wednesday, causing at least 90 deaths and hundreds of injuries, according to media reports. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the explosion as an "inhuman and cowardly attack" against innocent civilians. The Taliban denied involvement and there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack so far.
Source: Global Times | 2017/6/1 23:28:39

Time to lift EU’s outdated arms embargo on China

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang embarked on his trip to Europe Tuesday. Since 1975, the Sino-EU relationship has been elevated from a cooperative partnership to a comprehensive partnership and now to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/31 23:33:40

New railway lays foundation for Kenya’s industrialization

It is one of the most momentous events in the history of transportation in Kenya. The 480-kilometer China-funded railway linking Kenya's largest port city of Mombasa to its capital Nairobi, slated to be launched on Wednesday, is expected to bring a wide spectrum of benefits to the East African country.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/31 0:33:39

Kidnapping highlights risks along China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

A Chinese man and his wife who teach Chinese at a local language center were abducted from Quetta's Jinnah Town, in Baluchistan Province in southwestern Pakistan Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/25 22:38:39

Myanmar’s national reconciliation takes a step forward

The second meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference was finally held in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday after being postponed several times, with seven northern Myanmese ethnic armed groups invited. With China's coordination, Myanmar's peace process has taken a significant step forward.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/25 0:03:39

AI offers China chance to boost industrial competitiveness

The mission of humanity now falls on the shoulders of 19-year-old Chinese grandmaster Ke Jie, the world's top player of Go. From Tuesday, he will battle Google's artificial intelligence (AI) program DeepMind's AlphaGo in a three-match contest in a waterfront town in China.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/23 22:38:39

Online rumors undermine credibility of US social media

US social media platforms are descending into a hotbed of rumor, a sad truth that has to be admitted. China's real estate tycoon Pan Shiyi claimed recently that he will file a lawsuit against rumormongers for slander spread on US social media.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/22 23:58:41

Chinese baizuo gibe a rebuttal to West’s moral superiority

A Chinese-created term is catching attention on American social networks. Baizuo, or literally the "white left," has triggered heated discussions about how it should be interpreted.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/22 0:13:40

Washington rapacious in pursuing military dominance

The US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson released a white paper called The Future Navy on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/19 0:13:39

New trends prompt Tokyo’s subtle change in China tack

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday met with Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party who came to Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/18 0:03:39

Belt and Road initiative combines principles with reality

A joint communiqué was issued by the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on Monday. While China's proposals have received extensive support, a few EU member states refused to endorse part of another trade statement that China suggested, citing a lack of commitment to transparency and environmental sustainability as reasons.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/17 0:13:40

Ransomware a wake-up call to strengthen cyber security

Since Friday, tens of thousands of computers worldwide were crippled by a mammoth ransomware attack called "WannaCry." It is believed that the victims identified so far could be just the tip of the iceberg, as the malicious code is transmuting rapidly around the world.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/16 0:31:57

Belt and Road can complement America First

Sunday saw the start of the first-ever Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Washington sent a delegation led by White House adviser Matthew Pottinger to the summit, a sharp contrast from its previous attitude to Beijing's infrastructure-building proposals.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/15 0:08:39

Pelosi, Dalai Lama stage show before their political exit

The US is changing, and the world is changing. The Americans cannot solve new problems with their outdated approaches. Meanwhile, we can get a sense of why US politics is trapped in the ceaseless wrangling of the two parties.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/11 23:13:40

New missile signals China’s resolve to counter THAAD

There has been no lack of discussions over countermeasures against THAAD among the Chinese public, including the use of economic leverage.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/10 22:23:39

Will Moon move to repair relationship with China?

It is hoped Moon can take the initiative to repair the battered bilateral relationship between Beijing and Seoul. If the opportunity is missed, the future ties will face more challenges.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/9 23:03:39

China seeks integration, US seeks military expansion

But Washington has been playing a declining role amid the region’s rapid growth over the past years.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/8 23:48:39

Regional connectivity projects can support India’s ambitions

Instead of being overly concerned about China’s rise, New Delhi should consider to take an early role in Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/7 23:28:39