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Cape Town's water scarcity offers lessons

I hope North China's record-breaking dry winter will start to concentrate people's attention on water conservation – otherwise, we must all look to Cape Town to see what the future will bring.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/7 20:03:39

Defense budget accords with China's needs

Beijing does not intend to challenge Washington's dominant status in the world. Economic development and peaceful rise is what China aims at in hiking military spending.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/6 20:03:39

Will Sino-US cooperation boost Donald Trump's chance to win re-election?

Trump will face a bumpy road ahead in seeking re-election victory. This will add more competing factors to Sino-US relations.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/6 19:53:40

B&R initiative boosts Caucasus economies

Although the pace of investment is not as obvious as projects set in Africa, South East Asia and Central Asia, the Caucasus region remains important for the Silk Road. China and all parties involved recognize this and it is up to all sides involved to stick to ways which boost trade, maintain stability and ensure that consensus is reached and win-win results are maximized.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/6 19:48:39

New supervision law will step up anti-graft fight

Setting up the commission is an important political reform for China and must be implemented within the legal framework. Therefore the ongoing NPC session will revise a certain part of the Constitution. It will add a new section about the national supervisory commission to the third chapter “The Structure of the State” in the Constitution, clarifying the nature, position, composition, functions and power of the supervisory commission.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/5 21:53:40

Trump overrides White House turmoil to cast early look at 2020 reelection bid

In the 2020 election campaign, Trump will be able to claim that he has been tough on the issues of trade and national security. However, success in working diplomatically with China and Russia on the North Korean issue, for example, could also give his image a boost in front of voters for effective statesmanlike behavior and averting crisis. Trump is presently in a strong position for 2020 but there are always surprises in US politics.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/5 21:48:40

A broken Italy in a fraying Europe

Europeans have no time to get bored. When it is not the UK with its squabbles over Brexit, it is Spain trying to control the Catalan people or when it is not the Germans struggling to form a functional government, it is Italy's vaunted election.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/5 21:48:39

Indiscreet moves by Washington harmful to bilateral ties, global economy

Liu visited the US in the sincere hope of restarting bilateral economic and trade dialogue and easing tensions. This deserves more thought from the US. Given the high level of economic interdependence between China and the US, any indiscreet move from Washington may bring grave consequences to bilateral ties and the global economy.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/4 21:23:40

Religion, nationalism make festivals divisive

Festivals famously cause arguments. Close proximity to the family, high hopes for activities which aren't met, crushed feelings of independence on the return to the parental nest – all mix to a potent degree, making family holidays a tinderbox of potential conflict. But arguments during holidays are proving less potent than arguments about their nature and naming.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/4 20:48:39

Historic relics in a shambles at Hebei tourist site

The tunnels are actually invaluable treasures to be cherished. And if well protected and maintained, they can play their role in many ways. This indeed deserves the attention of local authorities.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/2 17:13:39

China's participation contributes to development of Arctic region

Now the Donald Trump administration has taken some pragmatic steps. He has proposed a host of international shipping routes through the Bering Strait and six two-way routes to deal with a surge in Arctic traffic. In addition, he revoked Obama's Alaska order, paving the way for both local and international parties to participate in development of the Arctic.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/1 21:08:39

Why West does not understand 'two sessions'

Chinese politics has been people-oriented for thousands of years. Public concerns are high on the agenda of the NPC, CPPCC and Chinese leaders. China has made its political goal people-centric since the beginning of the Chinese civilization, while the West only came to the stage after the democratic system took shape.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/1 21:03:39

Statue in NY Chinatown triggers tension

Many others were upset because of what the sculpture depicted – a man with dog's head. They considered it disrespectful, and said if it were installed in a place like Chinatown, the insult would rub off on the entire community.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/1 20:55:56

Glorifying militarism should be squelched

Glorifying and promoting militarism not only harms the feelings of Chinese people but also challenges human civilization. Militarism is a demon that has resulted in saber-rattling. Cracking down upon action that promotes militarism is needed for a better future.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/28 23:47:43

Arrogance led to erosion of US soft power

Trump's political philosophy, which apparently goes against elites and upholds an “America First” doctrine, populism and nationalism, should have prompted US elites to reflect upon their arrogance and isolation from the masses. Unfortunately they have lost the capacity for self-reflection.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/28 23:33:39

Weighing the disastrous global impact of Trump

The Trump administration doesn't understand that although there's a lot of disorder in world politics, and all states act on the basis of their perception of self-interest, there are many opportunities for cooperation. It's not a zero-sum game.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/27 20:58:40

Arming teachers not the way to end shooting

With gun violence steeped in its culture, it's almost impossible to solve the uniquely American problem of frequent mass shootings.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/27 20:53:39

Time for US to make right choice toward cooperation with China

As a responsible country, China has clarified that cooperation is the only way ahead for relations with the US. Hopefully Washington can choose cooperation after in-depth discussion and serious contemplation. As long as it makes the right choice, prospects for cooperation and world peace and development are bright.
Source: Global Times | 2018/2/15 11:08:37