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Theories abound over Kim’s sudden death

Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died en route to hospital from the Kuala Lumpur airport Monday morning, according to the media reports from South Korea and Malaysia.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/15 20:43:40

GOP paper may affect climate change policy

The world is still waiting to hear what US President Donald Trump really intends to do about climate change. Some nations have vowed to fill the void if the current administration does try to backpedal on some of the Obama-era climate initiatives, but as the world's second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases - with 16 percent of global emissions, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - a US retreat would be a huge blow to the Paris climate agreement signed in 2015.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/14 18:38:39

Mong Cai incident must be addressed properly

Vietnam can be considered a friendly neighbor to China. In regards to the incident, on the one hand, China should resolutely safeguard its citizen’s interests. On the other, China should communicate with Vietnam so that the incidents would not impact the Sino-Vietnamese relationship as a whole.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/14 12:18:39

Trump’s populist policies may break US-EU ties

Leading US neoconservative historian Robert Kagan wrote in his 2003 book that "Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus," which beautifully describes the differences between the US and Europe. The differences not only lie in policies, but also in ideas. The relationship between the US and Europe seems to be full of uncertainties in the era of Donald Trump's presidency.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/12 23:58:39

Reforms needed in China’s university system

An article published in the South China Morning Post on February 5 claimed that given US' tightening immigration policies, "Chinese scientists who graduate from US universities and join the American workforce may face a backlash, or even tougher visa restrictions." Meanwhile, "the illiberal turn of Trump's policies, including higher entry barriers for scholars from majority-Muslim countries, may make young scholars and scientists from some countries give more serious consideration to the long-term advantages of studying at a Chinese university."
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/13 18:58:39

Tokyo must assume responsibility in clearing Fukushima nuclear pollution

According to the latest analysis of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (TEPCO), the radiation level inside the containment vessel of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station reactor No 2 has reached as high as 530 sieverts per hour, which is far more than its previous level of 73 sieverts per hour. Only a few seconds’ exposure to the radiation can be lethal. This, once again, aroused people’s concern for another Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/12 21:58:39

China must heed Germany’s Africa plan

Germany's Development Minister Gerd Muller said earlier in January that his country would, in the coming weeks, release details of a new framework for strategic cooperation between Germany and Africa, what he called a new "Marshall Plan with Africa." What kind of influence will this plan have on China's development in Africa? How should we approach it?
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/12 21:23:39

Banning surrogacy, only rational choice for China

What would people do if they want to have children of their own yet are physically unable to give birth? A recent article published by People’s Daily hinted that surrogacy can be a choice. Apart from making a case that everyone has the right to have children, the report promptly rekindled a fierce debate among Chinese netizens over the moral and legal issues about such practice.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/10 22:28:39

Tibet meddlers must face consequences

On February 2, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) announced that it has invited the 14th Dalai Lama to address the graduating students at commencement in June. The announcement, however, triggered anger from Chinese mainland students at the university.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/9 20:28:39

Joining TPP is not in China’s future

US President Donald Trump signed the executive order on January 23 to officially withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is no doubt a desperate blow to Abe's administration who dreamed of reviving the trade deal.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/9 20:23:39

Trump ill-suited, unprepared as US president

If anything can be said for Donald Trump's presidency up to this point, it is that, like his candidacy, it is certainly unusual. His term has been marked by confusion, open conflicts with branches of the United States government, some of the lowest approval ratings in American history, and calls for a coup by former defense department official Rosa Brooks. In many respects, the events surrounding his first few weeks in office would not be out of place in a TV comedy, rather than in serious news articles about the world's preeminent military and economic power.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/8 20:28:39

Can China reform intl aid as US policy shifts?

Since Donald Trump started his election campaign, the whole world has felt shocked and uneasy about his isolationist proclivities. The unease comes from his propensity for policies that deviate from the existing international order and rules. His "America First" populist doctrine is unlikely to shake the country's value system under the diverse US political framework, but the implementation of this policy will inevitably have a huge impact on the US postwar global strategies.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/8 20:23:39

China-India film aids cultural cooperation

A movie starring Jackie Chan, which tries to marry the India-originated yoga with Chinese kung fu, made its debut in China's cinemas on January 28, during the Spring Festival. The movie, Kung Fu Yoga, tells a story of a renowned Chinese archaeologist who is trying to locate a lost treasure in India. It features thrilling martial arts sequences and grand-scale exotic sceneries of the China-India border.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/7 19:33:39

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs owes an explanation in HJS deal

Recently, it has been revealed that the Japanese Embassy in London paid 10,000 pounds ($12,500) per month to the think tank, Henry Jackson Society (HJS), and asked HJS to urge reporters and officials to attack China.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/7 19:28:39

G20 plays a key role in sustainable development

G20 Development Working Group could act as a platform for sharing experiences among the countries and do more work to build mechanisms that facilitate the experience sharing.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/7 12:08:39

Will French presidential election be another 'black swan' event?

The French presidential election, to be held on April 23, has magnified the anxiety of the global community after the wife of presidential hopeful Francois Fillon was found to be at the center of a corruption scandal while the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen nabbed the lead in the polls.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/10 0:03:39

Parents should not rush children into marriage to gain 'face'

As a single man, your article titled Single women deserve more respect in China finds an echo in me. Unmarried children laughed and criticized by others weigh on parents, but it is ridiculous to urge "leftover" kids into marriage because of parents' reluctance to lose face in front of their neighbors and relatives.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/6 18:23:39

Cold Start doctrine may not escalate India-Pakistan tensions

Some news outlets recently reported that General Bipin Rawat, India's new army chief, acknowledged in an interview earlier this year the existence of Cold Start doctrine, which, according to India Today, is "developed by the Indian Armed Forces to put to use in case of a war with Pakistan," and is a "strategy designed to seize Pakistani territory swiftly," said The Economist. Not surprisingly, a Pakistani official soon responded, telling the Financial Times,"If ever our national security is threatened by advancing foreign forces, Pakistan will use all of its weapons — and I mean all of our weapons — to defend our country."
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/6 17:23:39