The European Commission is reportedly probing into a Chinese high-speed railway project linking Budapest, Hungary and Belgrade, Serbia by assessing the financial viability and looking into whether it had violated the EU tender laws. This is China's first railway project in Europe. How will the probe affect China's Belt and Road initiative in Europe? The Global Times reporters talked with two experts on the topic.
At the Munich Security Conference last week, China's foreign minister Wang Yi gave a speech that seemed to encompass the whole world, yet unperturbed by the hustle and bustle below. While Mike Pence, the U.S. Vice President, vowed to hold Russia accountable for its actions in Ukraine, and Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov announced the start of a "post-West" era in global politics, Wang extolled the importance of the Sino-American relationship, the most important bilateral relationship in the world, and then immediately praised Beijing's strategic partnership with Moscow.
Any Chinese who deal with Americans need to be aware of these changes and adapt to them. Pretending nothing is going on isn't going to accomplish anything.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense ministers' meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium on February 15. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis attended the meeting for the first time in his current post.
Seven Hong Kong police officers were sentenced to two years in prison by Judge David Dufton of the District Court of Hong Kong for beating an Occupy Central movement supporter in October 2014. Many disciplined services in Hong Kong were surprised by the length of imprisonment, and could not accept it.
A recent article in your newspaper titled "More overseas students look for jobs at home" talked about the phenomenon that an increasing number of Chinese students who studied in the US will go back to China to carve out their career.
I'm so sorry President Donald Trump, please allow me to apologize in advance. I'm sure you know us Canadians are an overly polite bunch, so it pains me to be so blunt to say you got your comeuppance at the hand of our handsome prime minister. Let's call it "handshake-gate."
China and Sri Lanka celebrates the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year. As Sri Lanka assumes a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Chinese investments in the country and the Sri Lanka-China friendship, which has lasted for centuries through the ancient maritime Silk Road, have often been viewed in the context of geopolitical competition. What is the current status of the bilateral relationship between China and Sri Lanka? How can the role of Chinese investments in Sri Lanka be evaluated objectively? Global Times (GT) reporter Yu Jincui spoke to Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku (Kodituwakku), the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the People's Republic of China, on these issues.
The SCJ has just put forward an interim report after a discussion which lasted half a year and the final report will be released in April, which, however, is expected to be nominal only as not to wield any practical restraint on research staff. But it is hoped that Japanese scientists will not have the same regret as Albert Einstein who repented of having indirectly claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an instant by working out the famous equation E=mc² which laid the theoretical foundation for nuclear power development.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the core problem in the Middle East that is hard to solve. The current turmoil in the Middle East closely relates to the previous US policy. If the Trump administration does adopt the one-state solution in actions and policy, it will do nothing but cause more upheaval in the region.
The "Tibetan-in-exile" community in Switzerland has found it more difficult to obtain an official identification of Tibetan refugee since Berne revised its immigration policy and asked those Tibetans to change their nationality to China in July 2016.
In some Southeast Asian countries, immigration officers frequently ask Chinese travelers for tips. Recently, a male tourist from China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region was beaten by Vietnamese customs officers in Mong Cai, Vietnam, when he refused to pay tips upon his exit.
Even if Donald Trump had not won the US presidential election, some rethinking of US-China policy would have likely occurred. The core assumptions underlying the bipartisan consensus that guided US policy from Nixon through Obama have eroded. The question now is: what ideas and principles should guide a Sino-US reset?
Chinese people's appetites have been guided by pragmatism, rather than food taboos. As Taiwanese academic Kung Peng-cheng puts it after exploring the eating habits and cultural restraints of Chinese people, "they eat almost anything."
Recently, I had lunch with a young Chinese student who studies at a college in New York. He is very bright and aspiring and I enjoyed our conversation. Still I felt frustrated and useless afterwards because I was not able to provide him with any good news on a question that had been bugging him lately. Graduating at the end of this year, he asked me how he could find a job in this country and fulfill his career dreams.
Donald Trump is making Australians worried, and the more they see of him, the more they worry. For many decades they have relied on the US to keep Asia stable and Australia safe, and they are very grateful for the regional leadership role the US has played. But like many other people around the world, they find it hard to imagine how the US can exercise its traditional leadership role, or any kind of constructive role, under a president like Trump.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Australia last week. During Wang's visit, his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop said her country will continue to be a reliable partner of China and the bilateral relationship "could not be stronger." Given Bishop's past stance on the South China Sea disputes, her latest remark on the Sino-Australian relations is a bit surprising. This seems to indicate there are opportunities for development in the Sino-Australian relationship.
A 60-year-old man, who lit a self-made Molotov cocktail in Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train on February 10, is charged with arson by the police. The attack left the suspect and two others in critical condition, while injuring 19 people. There have been divided views on what's behind the tragedy. What can we learn from this incident? The Global Times has collected three articles.