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West's unwise diplomatic war on Russia

Russia-West relations are unlikely to improve in the foreseeable future, as both sides tend to interpret their ties with each other from an ideological perspective. Although the “pre-war state” is unlikely at the current stage, such a tense relationship does no good to Russia and Western countries. A diplomatic war will only bring more losses than gains.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/1 19:48:40

Africa free trade area to offer opportunities

Given proper attention, the African Continental Free Trade Area would certainly compete favorably with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Area that was signed in January 1992 amalgamating Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/1 19:38:39

Cherry blossom antics by unruly tourists spoil the party

Defacing cherry trees is a form of personal gratification that spoils the beauty everyone deserves to enjoy. The cherry blossom season could be more enchanting if only tourists behaved themselves.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/29 22:07:07

The customer is occasionally right

More people asserted that some famous time-honored restaurants were getting too complacent and picking on their loyal customers. Following media reports, Lao Ban Zhai announced it was canceling the rule. It would seem that the customer is sometimes right.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/29 22:07:07

Expelling Russian diplomats a ruse to show EU unity

The EU's intent to unite its members by confronting Russia only reflects diplomatic differences within the bloc. For the EU, shaping a unified diplomatic and security policy depends on coordinating the interests of member states. The EU still faces challenges in coordinating diplomatic stances among its members.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/29 20:58:44

Pacific Symphony keeps me positive about ties

While I was writing this piece, a trade war between the US and China seemed imminent. If it happens, it would hurt both countries for sure. But St. Clair and his Pacific Symphony keep me positive that no matter what happens, the ties between American and Chinese people may have already been embedded in our DNAs.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/29 20:53:40

China won't repeat Japan's Plaza Accord mistake

When confronting the US, we must look at the full picture and prepare for the future. We must mull over what will happen after a possible trade war before considering how to fight the US.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/28 21:00:55

Watching the world turn upside-down

It is the fabric of the US that seems to be fraying, with many pundits speculating the traditional party system is dead, while China seems to be a model of stability.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/28 20:33:40

Sino-Russian relations to grow stronger in Putin's new term

As Sino-Russian ties have witnessed great vicissitudes over the past 20 years and drawn rich lessons both in theory and practice, they set a good example for major-power relations. China and Russia will navigate pressing challenges to friendly relations and forge ahead into the future.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/27 19:53:40

Why America First could make America last

President Trump's international actions in the past year can all be interpreted as movements away from cooperative equilibriums which potentially could devolve into prisoner's dilemma outcomes.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/27 19:48:40

Involuntarily given data hauls and the rights of the individual citizen

Involuntarily given data of whatever provenance claimed by any institution cedes far too much power to them. It's not just that there's a heightened risk of leakage. Data is power. Those who acquire data have been allowed to do so unhindered because the consequences of their actions were not clear. Now they are, and we all have to decide whether the surveillance is worth it.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/27 19:43:40

Slovakia, Slovenia seek growth, cooperation

The two countries have relatively different focal points in developing ties with China. Slovakia strives to cooperate with China in business, investment, infrastructure, innovation and technology, while Slovenia focuses on business, forestry, agriculture, tourism, infrastructure and digital development.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/26 22:23:39

Chinese society shows unity as tensions flare up in Sino-US trade ties

The Chinese government and public are well aware of the pending losses due to the trade war and China's weakness brought up by a few liberal scholars. But these scholars have deliberately ducked Chinese advantages that Washington must take more seriously.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/26 21:13:39

US trade policy destabilizes global economy

It is hard to achieve Trump's demand for a $100 billion cut in China's trade surplus with the US by only reducing imports from China. The US should end its restrictions on high-technology products and attract more Chinese enterprises to set up factories in the US.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/26 21:08:40

Co-evolution: Future of China-US cooperation

It is regrettable the US media and certain of its politicians persist in interpreting China as a zero-sum game and power politics. The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up as well as the establishment of diplomatic relations. Four decades of Sino-American evolutionary history has proven China a global force for the maintenance of peace with whom cooperation is worthwhile.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/25 21:18:39

US pulling out of Iran nuclear deal to bring serious consequences

Pulling out of Iran nuclear deal and going against the majority, both at home and abroad, might seem unwise, but nothing is impossible with Trump. For example, people once assumed Trump was just paying lip service on the issue of Jerusalem. Then the US government announced its plan to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14 despite strong disagreement. It won't be surprising if Trump quits the deal two days before the relocation of embassy.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/25 20:18:39

Western approach handed Putin his victory

The irony is that to a great extent the West handed Putin his victory. The tough Western approach toward Russia along with sanctions played into the Putin's hands. The purpose of the Western policy was to change regime at maximum or change the political course at minimum in Russia. This approach backfired.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/25 20:13:39

Weddings ceremonies cash in on red envelopes

A wedding ceremony is supposed to be a special occasion where the couple receive blessings from relatives and friends and enjoy a convivial atmosphere. But it has fallen into a vicious cycle of pushing people to give and take. Giving red envelopes doesn't necessarily reflect the giver's genuine wish for the newlyweds, but is probably intended at monetary exchange, some of which is not voluntary.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/22 23:57:17