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Let kids be kids: the sad state of child modeling

“Anyway, I imagine these kids playing some game in a rye field… And I'm standing on the edge of a crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to fall over the cliff,” J.D. Salinger wrote in his famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. In today's world, adults and laws should be those catchers in the rye to protect children from falling off the “crazy cliff.”
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/16 21:38:43

Improving Japan-N.Korea relations requires concrete steps from Abe

Finally, it is hoped that Abe's attitude change toward North Korea will be put into action, rather than become a short-term speculation in the context of an impasse which is not conducive to improving relations between Japan and North Korea.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/16 18:43:41

Mutual learning vital for Asian cultures

As for the “clash of civilizations” hyped by the US in recent days, it is more about a strategy serving a handful US politicians' unrealistic fantasies rather than a civilization theory and it can by no means represent public opinion.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/16 18:33:40

EU-China platform to seek energy solutions

I am convinced that the new EU-China Energy Cooperation Platform will help transform our political commitments into concrete results. Together, the EU and China are the largest energy consumers in the world and we need to live up to our responsibility towards our planet.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/16 18:13:42

Sports could help mend China-US ties

If people of the two countries are wise enough to handle their interaction well in sports, they should be able to handle it well in general.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/16 15:58:40

Civilization advances when change is embraced rather than ignored

When Asian civilizations undergo transitions that involve self-recognition, societal upgrades and modernization, their influence expands globally and they attain an international standing that matches their population and economy.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/15 19:23:42

Self-sufficiency helps Iran counter sanctions

Agriculture is only part of Iran's self-sufficiency system. Foreign tourists can also see Iran's own bank card payment system, popular usage of QR codes, and indigenous equipment at the gas stations. It is this self-sufficient system that offers Iran a strong ability to counter sanctions.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/15 18:48:40

Age gates essential for video game industry

With Tencent leading the charge, other gaming companies should also consider launching a similar 16+ system to help push forward age restrictions. After all, green sparks and waving goodbye are only expedient measures. Implementing transparent and specified standards would be the best way to guarantee the healthy development of the gaming industry in the mainland.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/15 18:43:40

Washington's promotion of Indo-Pacific strategy may hit obstacles

If the US deliberately contains China through the Indo-Pacific strategy, it will inevitably intensify bilateral strategic competition, harm regional peace and development, and lose support from most countries in the region.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/14 18:43:40

US lacks clear consensus on China policy

The fundamental strategic cooperation (global security and peace, regional hotspot issues, energy, climate change, etc.) between China and the US, the two most powerful nations in history, cannot be ignored. Therefore, the failure of China-US relations is an unbearable disaster for both countries and the world.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/14 18:38:40

BCIM devt awaits India's participation

In April 2018, when Chinese and Indian leaders met for an informal meeting in Wuhan, the two sides reached a consensus where both sides would accelerate economic cooperation under the BCIM framework. BCIM is being promoted through bilateral cooperation. India, the US, Japan, and others have also proposed regional interconnectivity and economic cooperation programs. China hopes to coordinate BRI development with these projects and jointly promote regional connectivity and economic development.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/14 18:33:40

Iran nuclear deal faces uncertain future

Nonetheless, since China is also having disputes with the US over its own affairs including the trade war and the Taiwan question, Beijing may only have limited influence on the Iran issue.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/13 17:38:40

Taiwan Act weakens China-US mutual trust

If there are further moves between the US and the island of Taiwan, we can increase the pressure on Taiwan, including limiting its participation in international organizations, or taking some military measures, such as military exercises and warships cruising around the island. In all, we need to send a deterrent signal to Taiwan and warn it against playing with fire.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/13 16:58:39

Will Australian election turn tide for China?

Due to Australia's unstable political environment and the government's ineffective response to socio-economic challenges in recent years, doubts have been cast on the effectiveness of the democratic system. Hence, some conservatives hold that China's political system has posed a certain threat to Australia. It is also a reflection of Australia's lack of confidence in its own system.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/12 19:03:40

China-US rivalry not a clash of civilizations

Consequently, Skinner's “clash of civilizations” should be interpreted as conflict between two completely different perspectives on the world, social beliefs and different lifestyles. In this context, China-US competition does not comply with characteristics of clash of civilizations. Despite different ideologies, there is no irreconcilable contradiction on civilizations between the two.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/12 19:03:40

Energy dominance and financial hegemony make US misuse sanctions

International energy and the financial market are supposed to be international public goods. The US, as the most powerful country in the world, should provide the largest number of those. However, the US has used them as a weapon against other countries for selfish gain. In the long run, it will inevitably lose public trust.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/12 18:58:39

Digital privacy rights come before convenience

Finally, policies and regulations introduced and implemented by government sectors are the bottom line for the protection of privacy rights in the big data era.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/12 18:53:40

Sino-US trade talks need to move on with pragmatism

In face of such a big country like China, the US should not have an unrealistic illusion that once the trade war intensifies, it will have more bargaining chips at the negotiation table. China's confidence and core concerns will by no means be weakened by tariff hikes.
Source: Global Times | 2019/5/12 7:00:50