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Multi-party system misfit in Asian nations

Why does division in Western party system seem more serious in non-Western countries? Due to the mode of production, history and culture, political families have a long history in Asia and the mix of family politics and the Western multi-party system exaggerates partisan competition. Besides, except Thailand, all the other Asian countries mentioned above became independent after World War II. Political party system and sovereignty were established almost simultaneously and consensus among the elites has not been achieved. Relations between parties are strained. Under such circumstances, the Western multi-party system only works to aggravate societal divisions.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/25 18:18:39

Trump's unilateralism breaks the mould of Republican presidents

Trump is a very special president and shouldn't be measured by traditional standards. He had no experience of holding public office or in diplomacy, and goes against the elite, free trade, the traditional establishment and political correctness. Besides, Trump's business career and personality also influence his diplomatic policies. Lacking experience in politics and diplomacy, Trump brings business skills into international exchange. Hence, his diplomatic decisions become inconsistent.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/25 17:43:40

Unfair for US to thwart China's industrial progress

The Trump administration shouldn't underestimate China's firm stance on the trade war. A trade war will no doubt aggravate the rising antagonism between the two countries, and the US will eventually pay for its unilateral "new cold war" with China.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/25 17:38:39

China can help Africa decrease inequality

This state of affair calls for Africa to go back to the drawing board and leverage on the partnership it has with China to escalate pro-poor strategies that are based on a more inclusive as well as sustainable development agenda.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/24 20:28:39

Multilateralism possible without hegemony

A few days ago, Financial Times op-ed "Multilateralism without American Leadership" offered an interesting discussion on changes in the current world order. Even though an opinion piece tends to oversimplify the reality, more so when it is dealing with the entire world, it can raise pertinent questions for a new debate.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/24 20:23:40

Electrocutions reveal loopholes in public safety

Safe development and management of the Chinese society should be underscored in building a moderately prosperous community and realizing socialist modernization. Protecting public safety through people from all walks of life and at home and abroad is a prerequisite to promoting people-centered development.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/22 0:03:41

Debate about Einstein's diary misses point of discrimination against Asians today

Racist sentiments still persist. It is better to examine ourselves than judging whether Einstein was racist. Will people 100 years later be shocked by incidents of racism today? It's hard to say, but this question will haunt us for a long time.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/21 18:43:40

Nepal can be a bridge between China and India

Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli (Oli) is visiting China from June 19 to 24, his first to China after re-election in February. What's his take on the cooperation between China and Nepal? What does he think of Nepal's relations with China and India? Global Times (GT) correspondent Chen Jianyang talked with Prime Minister Oli on these issues in an interview.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/21 18:03:40

Talk of US cyber war on China ridiculous

A post claiming the US would wage a cyber war against China by dismantling net neutrality rules after it announced additional tariffs of 25 percent on Chinese imports worth approximately $50 billion has been circulating on WeChat. It should be known that the US' repeal of net neutrality rules is not related to its attempt to start a cyber war against China. But this post did trigger wide anxiety.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/20 20:43:40

China's external challenges within control

Big powers are generally stronger in dealing with the external strategic environment than smaller countries. But they are facing more suspicion and are less popular in their regions.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/20 20:38:42

US move to suspend military drills with South Korea a calculated move

US President Donald Trump announced on June 12 that he intended to end US military drills with South Korea, calling them “inappropriate” and “provocative.” He also said he wants “at some point” to withdraw US troops currently stationed in South Korea. A public clamor resulted as this was seen to be another of Trump's whimsical decisions. Criticized by US politicians, Trump's shocking declaration left Seoul at a loss and made South Korean troops nervous.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/19 17:58:39

How China opened up over four decades

In 2018, 40 years after reform, that process continues. And this time, the impact promises to be even more far reaching and dynamic than ever before.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/19 17:53:39

High expectations from Nepal PM's China visit

Oli was applauded for his last visit to Nepal's northern neighbor. So the expectations from this visit inside Nepal are high. The people of Nepal are watching this historic opportunity with some apprehension and great expectations.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/19 0:03:39

High expectations from Nepal PM's China visit

Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's visit to China on June19-24 carries immense importance for bilateral relations, with a slew of agreements lined up in trade, commerce and infrastructure. Various ministries are working to do the homework, mainly on energy, railway and trade.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/18 19:51:06

Process of denuclearization remains a sticking point after Singapore summit

The Kim-Trump summit is a historic moment, but it hasn't come to a historic turning point in North Korea-US relations. The priority now is to maintain the momentum of dialogue, especially making sure that the US doesn't back out. North Korea should also maintain its peace offensive with actions like truthfully reporting its nuclear weapons and facilities. Besides, Pyongyang and Seoul should put the Panmunjom Declaration into effect. All parties concerned should be patient, prudent and willing to make compromises.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/18 18:33:39

Neocolonial Europe behind Aquarius' fate

The solution, which does not seem to be in sight of the electorate or the European parties, should involve putting an end to the neocolonial process of dispossession of the African region by Europe, perhaps to arrive at a joint economic relationship between Europe itself and Africa, according to the virtuous model that China is implementing in Central Africa. Such a development that is not predatory or politically intrusive could lay the foundation for the future of an entire continent, too often a victim of aggressive capitalism of the West.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/18 17:33:40

Take Northeast Asian states on board to solve North Korea crisis

A framework including all five actors of the US, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea could be an important tool to bolster US efforts on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and maximize cooperation.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/17 11:44:25

If the US stops war games on peninsula, what's next?

After the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jung-un on June 12, US President Donald Trump told the media that joint military drills with South Korea will be suspended. This can be regarded as a response to North Korea's recent moves toward denuclearization. According to South Korean media, military authorities from the US and South Korea have already started discussing the suspension.
Source: Global Times | 2018/6/16 13:02:39