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Australia's bid to mend ties may be insincere

China has become Australia's largest trading partner, export destination, source of tourism revenue and foreign students. China is indispensable to Australia's sustained economic prosperity and employment.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/7 16:52:24

China's rise has helped European integration

After Italy signed up to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China-EU relations are once again under the global spotlight. Meanwhile, China's rise is believed to be worrying Europe. Which way will EU-China relations go? What do Europe and European enterprises expect from China? How will China's rise affect European integration? Before the upcoming EU-China summit scheduled for April 9, Daniel Gros (Gros), director at the Brussels-based Centre for European Policy Studies, shared his views on these issues with Global Times (GT) reporter Xu Hailin.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/6 12:04:23

More questions than answers around Prosur

Representatives of eight Latin American countries came together in the city of Santiago, Chile on March 22 to sign a document proposing the creation of a regional forum called Prosur. Present at the meeting were presidents and representatives from Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Paraguay and Guyana, according to The Santiago Times. Other countries such as Bolivia, Uruguay and Suriname sent observers, but did not sign the proposal. Some countries were excluded from the meeting.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/5 10:05:34

China and Russia should address lack of equilibrium in ties: experts

The opening ceremony of the CASS-FEFU Center of Russian Studies (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Far Eastern Federal University) was held in Beijing on Monday. How can China and Russia - two close strategic partners - deepen their cooperation? What can they do to bridge their differences? The Global Times chose opinions of four experts present at an academic conference organized by CASS after the ceremony.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/4 11:19:43

Luddite view of technology is no solution

The negative effects must be mitigated, but what we need is sustainable supervision, rather than a group of new Luddites who would be detrimental to technological development and impaired groups.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/3 16:08:40

As NATO turns 70, questions arise about its continued feasibility

In the short run, NATO will not disband. The US global strategy is to contain Russia and China. To achieve this, Washington not only wants to keep its presence in Europe, but also hopes to establish Arab and Asian counterparts to counter the two countries. Recently, Trump even said Brazil could be a member of NATO. It is not easy for Trump to pull the US out of NATO as he threatened, because Europe plays an important part in the US global strategy. Using Russia's threat as a pretext, the US still hopes to keep its footprint in Europe, but demands other members pay more in keeping with its president's America First philosophy.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/3 16:03:40

New synergies emerge between China, EU

During the EU-China summit, leaders from both sides are expected to talk about coordinating their paces. The EU attaches great importance to China's deepening reform and opening-up and expects the implementation of relevant policies. European enterprises are very sensitive to measures initiated by China; they hope the country opens its market wider and lowers the threshold for foreign investment. The latest law on foreign investment approved during the two sessions addressed those hopes. What China should do and is doing is making the “cake of cooperation” bigger to allow Europe to benefit more from the Asian country's reform and opening-up.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/3 15:58:40

Integrity at core of China's modern military

While in the Navy, this man has done two things. One, fighting pirates in the Gulf of Aden while safeguarding the international sea passage. Two, patrolling the South China Sea for the safety of the motherland. This man only wishes to safeguard national security and contribute to world peace like all Chinese soldiers.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/2 21:43:41

Opportunities and challenges for BRI in Europe

It remains to be seen whether the next 21st bilateral summit between the EU and China, which will take place on April 9 in Brussels, will boost EU-China relations and will define a European approach toward the BRI.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/2 21:43:40

China-EU relations will outride differences

China-EU relations have a significant stabilizing effect on global economic recovery. The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China and the European 2020 Strategy are common development opportunities for China and Europe. Cooperation between the two sides can promote the development of projects in various fields such as infrastructure, clean energy and artificial intelligence, which can contribute immensely to ties.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/2 21:38:40

Woeful recycling levels are a waste of trash

Perhaps what China needs is the equivalent of the #Trashtag challenge – the latest social media fad which got people posting before-and-after photos not of their dinner or latest lipstick shade, but of the amount of litter they had picked up. It has swept the globe – literally. It has certainly brought awareness to how much people throw away. It's no longer good enough to discard your trash because you think someone will come along and pick it up – people need to own the waste they produce. Even if it's just to throw it in the right place.
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/1 19:23:44

Damage to US-China relations can be undone

China-US relations have been at a crossroads. With China on the rise facing an established power, the US, are the two destined to be rivals in a confrontational relationship? How does one understand the tensions in bilateral relations and prevent ties from sliding further?
Source: Global Times | 2019/4/1 19:13:40

Democrats have to forget Mueller report jolt

Russiagate matters to the trajectory of US domestic politics, especially the 2020 presidential elections. After a setback over Russiagate, the Democrats should stop flogging a dead horse but seek a fresh and powerful means to deal with Trump's Republicans for the 2020 presidential race.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/31 19:03:39

China's political system helps weather storms

Like most Chinese people, I don't have any overseas deposits. All my interests and opportunities lie here in China. My greatest wish is to make China better, like everyone else, I suppose. All of us are the most faithful participants and cheerleaders in China's healthy development.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/31 18:48:39

Peer-to-peer loans drive youngsters into a debt spiral

As of now, we can help young people learn how to spend reasonably by reining in their impulses. They should be made aware of the risks of excessive consumption, and balance their growing desire to splurge with the harsh reality of life. After all, there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/28 20:23:40

US oppressing Huawei for political interests

Fair competition and innovation are the best ways to usher in the 5G era. The spirit of the times is driving the human race toward a better future; such spirit will overcome all interference and sabotage. The US government should immediately stop using dirty tricks to take on Huawei.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/28 18:18:42

Dilemma of fair play in NY school admissions

Grace Chang, a Chinese mom I shared a subway ride with a few days ago said that one of the reasons Asian parents send their children to cram schools is that the quality of public schools in New York doesn't meet their expectations. And, cram schools alone cannot guarantee good test scores, Chang said, otherwise, why do the rich parents have to bribe the test proctors? What makes the difference is hard work, many Asian parents insist, and that should not be a punishable trait in any culture.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/28 16:13:40

As likely new Thai PM, Prayut's challenges aplenty

Prayut now heads a junta government. When making decisions, his words count and the opinion of other parties can be ignored. But in the future, he will lead an elected government, which has to carry out policies according to democratic norms, listen and respond to public opinion, as well as strike a balance among different factions. The Pheu Thai Party as the main opposition will try to set some stumbling blocks for the new government. Prayut's future policies will thus face quite a few obstacles. But with support from the royal family, military and ordinary people, he can bring stability and avoid chaos.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/26 21:48:28