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Catalan bid for independence reflects larger problems of Europe

If political and social problems cannot be solved, especially the problems of slow economic development and high youth unemployment, Catalonia will keep going back to the independence demand. This may change Spanish and European politics.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/12 21:38:39

Catalan dilemma exposes a deeper scar

As the reality of Spain is complex, it needs a formula that can accommodate its social plurality.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/12 21:33:39

Launch campaign against unnecessary plastic

What we do know is that plastic doesn't degrade (bags take 500 to 1,000 years to break down, experts suggest), and increasingly, we are finding plastic particles in the food chain - from the bellies of dead whales and sharks that wash up on the shores, to microplastics (used in cosmetics like facial scrubs and bath gels) found in smaller fish, and even in sea salt. Scientists don't yet know the effect on humans or animals of this disruption to the environment.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/11 17:48:39

Taiwan leader's soft words aren't fooling anyone

Tsai has been challenging the 1992 Consensus and the political status quo of the One China policy, and pushing forward all types of “implicit” and “cultural” Taiwan independence since assuming office.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/11 14:38:39

Social change propels China's rapid rise

Academics around the world show great interest in how China made remarkable achievements since 1949, especially after the reform and opening-up in 1978. The answer lies in comparing China with developed countries in the West in ways of industrialization and modernization.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2017/10/5 10:12:34

Chinese democratic politics prospers

China's socialist democratic politics with Chinese characteristics sets an example for all developing countries striving to achieve industrialization and modernization through political development. It also proves to be an inspiration to the West that has been mired in domestic strife and other thorny issues.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/10 21:03:39

Trilateral alliance threatens peninsula security

In responding to the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula, the US-South Korea and US-Japan alliance have been strengthened. Some US strategists even advocate the US allow South Korea and Japan to develop nuclear weapons. Chinese and Russian analysts have shown deep concerns about this trend.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/1 9:52:19

Party Congress offers insights into China governance

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will attract domestic attention in coming weeks. This process may be familiar in Chinese political culture but it is not very well known in the West. Naturally it provides a good opportunity to better understand China. The development of socialism with Chinese characteristics is interwoven into the CPC National Congress and - if carefully studied - can offer useful insights into China's governance.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2017/10/3 11:30:13

Saudi steps on gas by letting women drive

The New York Times reported on September 26 that Saudi Arabia declared an end to its longstanding ban on female drivers. Before this day, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world to prohibit women from driving.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/2 10:01:23

How can US, NK avoid a head-on collision?

In order to live together on this planet, the urgent task is to ease tension and reduce confrontation. The US should consider changing its policy toward North Korea and avoid too much inference by hardliners in its government. For North Korea, the need for survival and the enduring external pressure will sooner or later cause internal weakening and bring about change, although the process may be slow and arduous.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/28 23:43:39

Holiday scam spots

A recent report from Zhangjiajie, a famous tourist scenic spot in Hunan Province, said that shops were selling products at sky-high prices. In most cases, the cost of the items was just 10 percent of the selling price.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/28 23:29:30

New project scrambles to fully propel educational reform

Despite improvements to boost China's higher education sector, it will take time and effort to promote educational reform and address the gaping divide in higher education.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/28 23:29:29

Independence won't be easy for Kurds

It is difficult for Kurds to realize their goals of building up their own country, considering the complexities of the Middle East. The independence referendum's influence on the geopolitical situation in the Middle East will be partial and limited.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/28 21:33:39

Rituals provide safety in uncertain world

In a peaceful environment, political correctness can go too far without reins. When that happens, I am sure my rebellious self will reawaken, and I'll forgo my birthday party for sure. But now, it is not only necessary but also critical to follow the rituals. The reason is simple: I would rather be mentally suffocated by political correctness than be physically suffocated by people full of hatred.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/28 21:28:39

Socialism core of China success story

In sum, the difference between China's development path and the Western mode lies in socialism. Socialism with Chinese characteristics was the basic feature of the country's development. For a thorough understanding of China, one must learn much about this country's socialism.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/27 20:18:39

China, US education systems have own merits

With the opening and development of our society, Western education is becoming more preferred in China while the good things in our traditional education are neglected. We should absorb the essence of traditional Chinese education philosophy and pass it down from generation to generation, such as respect for the teacher and teaching mentioned by the American parent, teaching each student in accordance with their aptitude, proper education for all social classes and education as a two-way process. The achievements and experience of contemporary education should be summarized, refined and promoted.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/27 20:13:39

After hard win, challenges stare at Merkel

Germany should first address the issue of its identity within Europe and the West. If the country regards itself as a representative of Europe and even the West, Sino-German ties, which have seen rapid development, may encounter barriers. This is why Chinese observers are relieved, yet concerned, about the “tranquility” of German elections and the country's political stability.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/26 21:48:39

Understanding China's railway diplomacy

China's initiative in placing high-speed rail diplomacy at the heart of the Belt and Road initiative to connect Asia, Europe, the Middle East and East Africa is likely one day to be seen as a significant step forward in international transportation infrastructure, and not just for China's interests, but for those of the world.
Source: Global Times | 2017/9/26 21:18:39