When it comes to the US' dismal human rights records, the story of Native Americans is just a tip of the iceberg. Given its gloomy human rights records within its borders and beyond, US' hypocrisy and double standards have been laid bare.
A new edition of the BRICS Summit took place on Thursday, where leaders of BRICS countries met virtually to discuss the current global situation. What's the significance of BRICS cooperation for today's world? Global Times collected views from several experts.
This is also a shock to the Swedish and Scandinavian population, because they think that NATO is supposed to help defend our nations. But what we see is NATO in the Madrid summit planning to go global and to go with a policy against China.
The “international waters” repeatedly claimed by the US is neither derived from the UNCLOS nor from the rules of general international laws, but is based on its domestic and foreign policies, domestic laws and its unilateral interpretation of the international maritime laws.
A greater economic and physical integration between BRICS and emerging countries will bring immense opportunities in terms of food security, sustainable development and technological cooperation.
NATO is increasingly trapped in a predicament that it may feel difficult to escape.
No matter how big the obstacles and crises are, the BRICS countries will not stop striving to establish a more equitable and rational global governance environment.
The biggest threat encountering Japan today is not so much from the external security environment, but rather from its deviation from national strategy.
It is time to warn some Western people who look like gentlemen but are actually gang leaders. The world today is no longer a place where Western powers can drive around in their gunboats and flex muscles.
Since divergences have emerged within NATO, the four countries are unlikely to unite.
China is by nature a peace-loving country.
What seems obvious both from the perspective of BRICS nations and the developing world is that Western hegemonies have failed developing nations. Much of the global South is unhappy with double standards that have come to define global affairs.
The ongoing Ukraine crisis continues to drag on, and Europe does not have the capability or determination to settle any problem in this regard.
The Supreme Court is currently the perfect embodiment of the political establishment that has caused more and more Americans to become dissatisfied with politics, their government, and the world around them.
A rising China is conducive to the world. The stronger China is, the less the US will dare to provoke China, and the more stable China-US relations will be. And the stronger China is, the more peaceful and developed the world will be.
The 14th BRICS Summit, to be held virtually this week, comes at a crucial moment, as the US is escalating and expanding its new Cold War.
China-proposed Global Security Initiative is a different approach to international cooperation than that proposed by US and gives all nations an opportunity to reflect on a sustainable international security structure.
In view of these being unusual times, modest expectations like the BRICS Summit consolidating its extant initiatives and launching negotiations to build consensus on criteria for adding new members and other future initiatives should suffice.
A bipartisan duo of US senators on Friday introduced the so-called "Taiwan Policy Act of 2022," which represents "the most comprehensive restructuring of US policy towards Taiwan, since the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979," claimed the bill's sponsors.
The Five Eyes have decided to fabricate evidence that could show China is infiltrating into Western countries, with the aim of tarnishing China's image. The scheme to discredit and disrupt other countries would only be met with disdain and lead to outright failure.
In the face of growing strategic rivalry, Russian leaders and their BRICS partners share the necessity to make global governance institutions more representative involving states from the non-Western world.
After the collapse in political trust in recent years, it is understandable that Beijing remains sceptical about Canberra's intentions.
At the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue, the Chinese PLA delegation practiced military diplomacy vividly and achieved some notable results.
As long as the regional countries firmly commit to the spirit of the DOC, adhere to deepening dialogue and cooperation for the vision of building a community with a shared future for all, a high-quality COC will be inked in the near future and the South China Sea will stay as a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.
Coercion has become the go-to tool for US diplomacy. “Washington has become addicted to sanctions like a 5-year-old is addicted to candy.”
Collective security that is exclusive and confrontational will only lead to more conflict and fear in the Asia-Pacific, and the “success” of collective security comes at the cost of the “failure” of regional security. There is no reason for Asia-Pacific countries to accept the preaching and seduction of a serial loser.
Observing China's shopping festivals is a wonderful window into the interaction between the US and Chinese economies and trade. I hope they will realize that the industrial chain and supply chain are not at the mercy of their ideological standards.
If Americans knew what motivations prompt US senior leaders to repeatedly engage in losing foreign adventures - like defending Taiwan - they might be more cautious before entrusting the military with the lives of their idealistic sons and daughters.
Asia-Pacific security is facing a contest of two mindsets. The US pushes the idea of alliance and coterie that targets third parties while China advocates a "new security concept" embodied in the Global Security Initiative.
It is hoped that Canberra would take concrete measures to work with China for a new and better future of the bilateral relationship.
In order to bring China-US relations back on the right track of stable development, the US side should correct its strategic understanding of China, translate words into actions.
As China has openly denied the fallacy that the Taiwan Straits are “international waters,” it is possible for PLA to take more determined actions against the US warships and aircraft's harmful moves in the Taiwan Straits. This will become a trend.
Two things delighted me in the past decade: when Xi called upon people to “be mindful of the legacy & not to forget the mission” & marvelous idea of a community with a common destiny for mankind.
The smear campaign launched by certain Western countries against Xinjiang will continue even after a new High Commissioner takes office. The real purpose of the US and Western hype on Xinjiang is that they have twisted a simple issue of human rights, or the protection of individual rights, into a politicized issue of power rivalry and an ideological struggle between two major powers. In the end, what they have vilified is their own record when it comes to human rights.
Facing the new challenges, China can actively respond at two levels: strategic and tactical.
Washington's renewed political and economic investment in the Pacific region has ulterior political motives. What previously served as its nuclear weapon testing grounds and nuclear waste dumping ground is now conceived to be an arena for its strategic contestation with China.
US' renewed input in the Pacific region has ulterior political motives. What previously served as its nuclear weapon testing grounds & nuclear waste dumping ground is now conceived to be an arena for its strategic contestation with China.
While China's views on order and security embody international justice, the US focuses solely on its own interests, which override, in Washington's eyes, that of all other countries: China, Russia, and even its own allies and partners.
China has demonstrated that it is absolutely possible to create its own independent digital, technological and media ecosystems, which are not just on par but often superior to their Western counterparts.
Wendy Sherman's visit clearly tanked and failed to raise hope of revitalizing Philippine-US relations. The US “China threat” ruse does not work anymore. The Philippines and China are and will continue to be the most robust friends.
In the past, the US buried the Native Americans through systemic genocide, and now they continue to do so by marginalizing, concealing and forgetting their existence. “These children's stories have been cast aside, forgotten, lost, as if this tragedy never happened.” Ben Barnes, Shawnee Tribe Chief, lamented when he campaigned for the rights of Native American children.
The Summit of the Americas has demonstrated huge differences between Washington and a significant bloc of countries from the rest of the continent. However, only a multilateral approach can solve the severe problems that shake the Latin American region. Only a genuine dialogue based on the principle of sovereignty and non-intervention can create a consensus to establish a new era in the US-Latin America relationship. It is the way to build an authentic space to solve common problems. As long as interventionism continues, possible progress made at the meeting will be ephemeral. Sadly, the summit will be just a handful of good intentions.
Editor's Note: People in Western countries believe the COVID-19 pandemic is over, including in the UK, despite the fact that there are 2 million people in that country living with long COVID. Among them is Ravi Veriah Jacques (Veriah Jacques). The 23-year-old young man, who is also the son of well-known British scholar Martin Jacques, has been affected by long COVID for 15 months. Prior to falling ill, he had just graduated from Stanford University and was halfway through a master's degree at Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. He has had to spend almost 16 hours a day in bed, and in his own words, the illness feels like “being a prisoner in his own body.” In her I-Talk show, Global Times (GT) reporter Wang Wenwen talked to Veriah Jacques about the catastrophic impact long COVID has had on his life, as well as how he thinks the British government has handled the pandemic. Due to his health conditions, the interview had to be taken in two separate parts.
While speaking on June 3 at the Globsec 2022 Forum in Bratislava, Slovakia, India's External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar came down heavily on Europe—not only did he refute the criticism against India's purchase of Russian oil, but also insisted that India could well manage its foreign policy on its own, refusing to act according to any pressures imposed on it. Jaishankar argued that the world cannot be as “Euro-centric” as it was in the past. Soon, his tough albeit witty words generated a significant fan following even among Chinese netizens and media. And here is why:
During the forthcoming 19th Shangri-la Dialogue, defence leaders and senior military officers from many countries will exchange ideas on security issues in the Asia-Pacific and the globe as a whole. Recently, some senior US officials again criticized Beijing as the key challenger to the existing international system. Such perception, unfortunately, is a misperception of China. As a matter of fact, today China is an increasingly active contributor and protector of the international system. Meanwhile, it is Washington that undermines the international security order, bringing growing risks and challenges to global peace and regional stability.
The economic and trade ties between China and the EU have not come easily. The two sides should avoid falling into an ideological confrontation, adopt a pragmatic attitude, and attach more attention to the actual benefits achieved through cooperation.
The past few weeks have seen America rocked by multiple mass shootings, including a horrific attack on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children.
Although Moscow is trying to end Washington's hegemony, Russia can only weaken the US hegemonic dominance of the international system, judging from the former's capacity and policy orientation. And the formation of a fairer system may depend more on the choices and actions of China and other developing countries.
While China has concentrated its efforts in the region in growing trade, investment, diplomatic exchanges and medical cooperation to face the pandemic, the US has basically maintained an intermittent policy that consisted in an overwhelming quantity of sticks and practically no carrots.
A New York Times article earlier this month documented how the US is attempting to defeat Russia in its “surrogate war” with Ukraine by ultimately starving it of needed technology for its military production, in particular, restricting Russia from access to semiconductors needed for most of their weapons. In the NYT article, Matthew Klein, an economics researcher who tracks the effect of the export controls, notes, “The democracies can replicate the effect of well-targeted bombing runs with the right set of sanctions precisely because the Russian military depends on imported equipment.”
Blinken's China policy speech is a reflection of hypocrisy and malevolence of the Biden administration's policy toward China. Chinese people believe actions speak louder than words – beautiful rhetoric cannot conceal the ugliness in actions.
Australia must understand that China's comprehensive national strength is much larger than Australia's, not to mention the huge gap between the two countries' military strength. Australia is daring to provoke China in this way only because of its master, the US. But in the end, Australia is no US. The PLA takes resolute measures even against US military provocations, and Australia should expect nothing less. If Australia continues to test China's bottom lines, it should prepare to see more powerful countermeasures from China than tactical moves like aircraft intercept with flare and chaff or laser-pointing with rangefinders.
Since the Russia-Ukraine conflict, what India has shown diplomatically is its careful calculation of its own national interests. India wants to maintain a relatively detached position in the matter, neither offending Russia nor displeasing the US and Europe.
Whatever the outcome, a controversial and conflictive summit is expected to be marked by the schism between Latin America and the US due to the lack of knowledge in the region caused by disinterest in the region except when Washington seeks support for its own initiatives, in addition to the growing influence of China in the region which, although denied by American officials, is a conjunctural issue; finally, left-wing Latin American countries are also confronting the US to demonstrate they "no longer want to be anyone's backyard." The message has been sent: If Latin America is assembled as a whole, it is a piece to be considered on the world geopolitical chessboard.
If the Indian side wants to improve China-India relations, the ball is actually in India's court. Indian policymakers should change their hostile attitude toward China and completely abandon their opportunistic policy toward China.
The chances for US to be sucessful in the Summit of Americas are quite low. Indeed, who among leaders of sovereign states would like to become an obedient schoolboy drilled by a demanding teacher?
Ohio and Louisiana are the two latest states in the US that are considering measures that would permit teachers and other school staff to carry guns in the aftermath of an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas which killed 19 children last month.
The BALTOPS 22 NATO Exercise is scheduled to be held from June 5 to 17. In addition to the 14 NATO members, two non-NATO members, Sweden and Finland, are also scheduled to participate. This is a promotion of the two countries' joining of NATO and thus completing NATO's northward expansion in due time. Since the two countries applied to join NATO in mid-May, Turkey, an important NATO member, has made objections. But this is Turkey's diplomatic tricks. It is very likely Turkey will agree after having reached its goals. NATO's northward expansion is almost a fixated scenario.
Japan reportedly plans to send its recently converted aircraft carrier Izumo to participate in the country's annual Indo-Pacific Deployment (IPD). The IPD will last about four months and Izumo will also be participating in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), which will be conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California region from 29 June to 4 August. This time, unlike previous deployments, F-35B fighter jets will be able to operate from Izumo.
In early April, the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified of a cluster of a severe acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children under the age of 10 across central Scotland, of whom one had an onset of symptoms as early as in January 2022. As of May 26, more than 650 probable cases (with scattered death cases) have been reported in at least 33 countries. The unexpected hepatitis outbreak has triggered a high alert within the international community and has captured the attention of relevant researchers.
US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday a new $700 million weapons package for Ukraine that will include high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS), which can accurately hit targets from as far as 80 kilometers away, according to Reuters. The move sparked strong dissatisfaction in Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, "It is a direct provocation [by Ukraine], aimed at involving the West in military action."
The recent China focused speech by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, despite all its calibrated wording, has little difference from that of his predecessor, Mike Pompeo, in 2020. It is no less backed by false logic, and goes further down the path of suppressing and containing China.
Guatemala has struggled for decades in the clutches of the United States. Its modern history is a bloody one under US bullying and suppression. It is hoped that Guatemala will be able to stand on the right side of history someday.
After weeks of wrangling and rounds of negotiations, the sixth round of EU sanctions on Russia was unveiled this week. European Council President Charles Michel said the latest agreement, reached during the EU leaders' summit, covers more than two-thirds of oil imports from Russia. Yet most reports and tweets from the West downplayed one fact – pipeline imports will be exempt from the sanctions, meaning some land-connected countries get a free pass to keep importing Russian energy.
The Ninth Summit of the Americas is due to take place from June 6 to 10 in Los Angeles, marking the first time it has been hosted in the US since Bill Clinton created the event in 1994. It comes as Joe Biden, 16 months into his presidency, is working on multiple fronts to rebuild a stable US-led imperialist alliance following the erratic legacy of Donald Trump.
June is looking more and more like a month for summiteers. In addition to the IX Summit of the Americas to be held in Los Angeles, California, we shall also have the XIII BRICS summit, hosted virtually by China. Argentina has been invited to attend this summit in what is seen as the first step towards formally joining the group. This would also mean that Argentina would be able to join the New Development Bank, the so-called “BRICS bank”, headquartered in Shanghai, an entity with a capital of 50 billion dollars.
Twenty years ago, a comprehensive national research project was launched to explore the origin and early development of Chinese civilization. Retrospectively, the project has made remarkable achievements. Recently, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, praised the project for "putting forward its own definition of civilization and its solution to develop a more civilized world, which has made creative contributions to the research on tracing the origins of the world civilization."
The current international situation is complicated. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, and the crisis in Ukraine looms large. Unilateralism and hegemonism go hand in hand. In the maritime field, traditional and non-traditional security challenges are emerging one after another, and maintaining the global maritime order faces continuous and severe challenges. At this moment, improving global maritime security governance has become increasingly urgent. The implementation of the global security initiative proposed by China in the maritime field should be a preferred path.
The US effort to interfere in regional cooperation, provoke decoupling and pressure other countries to participate in the confrontation between major powers shows the mind-set of the political elite in Washington, whose body has entered the 21st century but whose brain is still in the old era of the Cold War.
Unfortunately, in the West, there will always be people who have both economic and political power as well as goals and incentives to prevent worthwhile and obviously beneficial programs from going ahead.
US leaders may not really see relations with China as a return to the Cold War, but Washington's recourse to the tired tactics of ideological competition with the Soviet Union does leave a sense of helplessness.
The decisions of conflicted US policymakers will likely be corrupted to favor war in the case of Taiwan even when such war is not in the public or global interest.
Editor's Note: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to the South Pacific countries is still undergoing. The trip has triggered concerns from the West, especially Australia and the US. Since the signing of a security pact between China and the Solomon Islands in April, the West has been very sensitive to China's moves in the region. They have intensively hyped that China is competing for influence in the Pacific. What are the intentions behind the smear campaign against China? Is the Albanese administration's attitude toward cooperation between China and South Pacific countries rational? Global Times (GT) reporter Lu Yuanzhi talked to Robert Barwick (Barwick), research director for the Australian Citizen Party, over these issues as well as future China-Australia relations.
The dumping plan of nuke contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant is a result of collusion between the Japanese government and TEPCO.
Recently, many international financial institutions have continued to downgrade China's economic growth forecasts. Badmouthing China is not something new, and China's economy is indeed facing a lot of downward pressure due to factors like the COVID-19 epidemic. But objectively speaking, these pessimistic opinions are based on either groundless accusations or exaggeration to deliberately create an anxious and fearful sentiment for global capital and exacerbate the fluctuation of China's economy and finance.
Australia's attitude to the Pacific is paternalistic and neocolonial. Australia should adopt a more respectful approach to the Pacific island countries and to treat them as equals rather than subservient partners: former Australian diplomat
The gundemic has become a real threat to American people, however, the US government is adamant about changing as little as possible.
I caught COVID in March this year, after hospitals had gained two years of experience through fighting the pandemic. I had also received two doses of the vaccine and a booster, building up my resistance to the point I could fend off the illness self-isolating at home, without consulting medical help. I was able to obtain free lateral flow tests by going to my local pharmacy, getting as many as I needed by asking.
The reason why China's presence is welcomed is that China can improve the livelihood of locals and unleash the economic potential of resources of local people in the rural Solomon Islands where the 80 percent of the population resides.
Commented on the upcoming 9th Summit of the Americas, Evandro Menezes de Carvalho, director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the Brazilian college Getulio Vargas Foundation, said: “This year's Summit will have this stain on its history.” The summit is scheduled to be held from June 6 to 10 in Los Angeles. However, Washington has been opposed by a few governments in the region, because of its attempt to use the summit to promote US' own interests and strengthen its ideological camp.
During US President Joe Biden's recent visit to Japan, he made no secret of the hostility toward China and continued to implement the so-called Indo-Pacific Strategy. In fact, the Indo-Pacific Strategy today is nothing but a copy of the Western maritime powers' control of the oceans, containment of countries on the edge of the Eurasian continent, and the implementation of colonialist policies seen throughout Asia over history. It is a historic continuation of the big powers' expansion to Asia.
Current day Xinjiang governance is constantly innovating, developing and improving on the basis of absorbing the experience of previous central governments. Its basic logic shows China's concept of governing Xinjiang according to the rule of law, reflecting the idea of people first and meeting people's ever-growing needs for a better life.
The reality is that the Chinese-Solomon Island pact is more about Beijing asserting its economic and diplomatic strength than any military muscle flexing.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday delivered a speech on US policy toward China. He barely said anything new.
McCaul is the one with blood on his hands – the blood of the 19 killed children at Robb Elementary School. Americans should not let him “get away with this.”
Sanctions are the price for gaining full sovereignty, and Russia has passed this challenge successfully.
Kishida administration's participation in the IPEF will not only fail to achieve the desired goals, but will also hinder deepening development of China-Japan economic ties and even Asia-Pacific regional economic cooperation, disrupting Japan's own economic recovery.
IPEF, in name of promoting regional “freedom and openness,” aims at pulling allies to engage in scientific and technological monopoly, and building a US-centered exclusive economic parallel system in Asia, which will probably lead to a new cold war.
The US has accused Russia of holding global food supplies hostage as crisis looms, but the US, the instigator of the crisis, has many ways to put it to an end but is not prepared to use any of them.
US politicians are obviously using kids victimized by gun violence as a card months ahead of the mid-term election, in a bid to gain more votes. This fully displays the hypocrisy of US politics.
Although Japan is keen to contain and confront China –it is an important reason why Japan has deepened its alliance with the US and its multilateral cooperation, Japan may not always blindly follow the US.
US has started a comprehensive strategic competition with China in the Asia-Pacific which is fierce in appearance but faint in essence.
It seems like a joke that the first substantive security action of Quad is aimed at Chinese fishing boats.
Peace is certainly something that all countries want. But the question is whether the order of Western civilization means that one must adopt the same political system as the West, or the same beliefs as the West, in order to obtain it.
The US is willing to promote Japan to become a vanguard in supporting its effort to contain China and Tokyo is very willing to assume such a role. Japan's subservience to US will strain China ties, threaten regional security.
I worked in a number of Western countries, some of which were former colonial powers. In my interactions with their leaders and officials on cooperation with Africa, it was unfortunate that I sensed an underlying sentiment from time to time that smacked of paternalism and condescension. An approach that still reflected a “colonial” attitude that “we know what is best for Africa”!
China's pragmatic progress in human rights, combined with the country's guard against these catastrophes that could impact human rights has made China the highlight of the 21st century in human civilizational development.
The saddest part is that the Americans who pay the highest price are young, idealistic, all-volunteer soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, and notably their loved ones.
Frankly, when it comes to the Quad, a Labor government won't make any major changes, apart from perhaps small differences. This is exactly the challenge and an urgent task Australia confronts – will it open its own playbook on diplomacy, or endlessly follow that of the US?
Biden admin has sought to make Quad the dominant mechanism for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Will it work?
With such an ambition, India would never want to be a pawn of the US like the other two Quad members, who have long fully cooperated and implemented US directives, serving as little more than hatchet men of the US.
So if the critics of the UN project are so convinced of the justice of their cause, why are they so emphatically opposed to the visit? Are they afraid that some or all of the allegations against China will be disproved?
Seoul's biggest concern is not how to maintain peace & stability of Taiwan Straits, but the Korean Peninsula. Any S.Korean president who cannot tackle this issue will not be a competent one. And the Peninsula issue cannot be solved without China.
China's cooperation with South Pacific Island countries is solely for the purpose of regional peace & development, and is out of its responsibility. Western hysteria stems out of their selfishness, ignoring interests of these island countries.
The US has devised tools that could serve as a facade for its hegemonic political agenda, and the Human Rights Watch (HRW) is one of them. With all its hypocrisy and political manipulation, HRW has demonstrated what it is really watching.
Will Albanese bring sensible changes to Australia's outlook of China and to its China policy, and take concrete measures to steer bilateral relations to a new course? Only time will tell.
US sinks its claws back into Somalia. Under the guise of “counter-terrorism,” Washington hopes its re-entry of the Horn of Africa can better serve the interests of the US.
Moscow should not expect a new transatlantic rift to come in the near future. The reality is that Russia will have to prepare for a protracted confrontation with a newly consolidated Collective West. Fortunately, the modern world is much larger than the Collective West, even if it is newly aware of its common historical destiny.
On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin noted that China hopes that US President Joe Biden's latest Asian trip will focus on "promoting solidarity and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, instead of plotting division and confrontation".
Australia does not formulate a foreign policy independent of the United States, and because of the immaturity of the LNP and its lack of vision, Canberra has failed to balance its relationship between the US and China, former Australian diplomatic and political commentator Bruce Haigh has told the Global Times. He believes the relationship with China will become better when proper and professional diplomacy is employed.
The Buffalo shooting is a microcosm of US' social crisis. Until the economic inequalities and structural problems are resolved completely, the far-right ideologies represented by white supremacy will continue to profoundly affect the environment of US society and undermine its stability.
In view of the differences in political systems and ideologies between China and Australia, as well as the fact that Australia is a staunch ally of the US and that it has always closely followed the US' lead in history, Australia will ultimately lean to the US at critical moments. We must pay close attention to any changes in Australia's policy toward China and avoid misjudgment.
The mass shooting in Buffalo of New York State last Saturday that killed 10 people has triggered discussion of white supremacy prevailing in US society. Why are some young, white men addicted to the "great replacement" theory? Is gun violence becoming more and more serious in the US given the current political and social atmosphere?
Washington should not engage in bloc confrontation under the banner of "coordinating positions" or "conducting friendly cooperation." It won't work anywhere, be it in the Western Hemisphere, in East Asia, or in other parts of the world.
Will these two countries ever say goodbye to their fear? Let's not forget the fact - when NATO bases appear on the soil of the two Nordic countries, Russia will have no choice but to directly change the balance in the region with the future deployment of its nuclear and strategic forces.
Who will be the next victim then? Asians, Latinos, or the LGBTQ community?
China is one of the countries with the most successful COVID-19 response in the world.
As China-US competition intensifies, ASEAN does not want to see conflicts between the two major powers, nor is it willing to take sides. Instead, it tends to adopt a relatively balanced policy while maintaining close ties with China and the US to gain more benefits.
As recommended by the WHO, every country should be prepared to chart its own path to transit from a pandemic to an endemic phase while accounting for local epidemiology, vaccination levels, population immunity, and the strength of health systems. China will be no exception.
Calm, rationality and negotiation, rather than restlessness, madness and war, are the first ways to prevent the current situation from getting worse.
Carrie Lam's Northern Metropolis project near the border with Shenzhen is a most welcome development in this context. The center of gravity of Hong Kong needs to shift northward.
Macron's proposal has provided a possible solution to Europe's dilemma. To not rely on or succumb to the US, Europe needs to make a difference.
Historically, when the US was doing well at home, its diplomacy tended to be rational. When there were a lot of domestic problems, it would divert its conflicts to international relations. The present China-US relationship is such a victim.
One million died due to COVID-19 in the US, a country that upholds freedom and democracy.
Problems concerning the basic life of ordinary Americans, such as the shortage of baby formula, cannot be solved quickly and effectively, and the American people have once again become the victims.
Between now and June 30 when the new president is sworn in, we will see how a BBM-Sara governance take shape.
Japan and the EU should learn from history. Japan should not add fuel to the acute geopolitical contradictions in Europe, and Europe should not become a spoiler for the already complicated security affairs in East Asia.
The Global Security Initiative recently proposed by China has aroused strong resonance and support from the international community, and a security order that emphasizes common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security will become more popular with non-Western countries, which will serve as the biggest driving force to overthrow the unreasonable US-led order.
I think stabilization is very possible. That's probably the most likely scenario, that it will stabilize but without major improvement. But there are also possible scenarios of a spiral downward.
Outside forces with ulterior motives are only interested in pointing fingers at “problems” when it comes to China's Xinjiang region, and don't care about the region's development at all. They will gloat over Xinjiang's suffering if it becomes poorer or chaotic.
The fact that motherhood is so difficult and that Americans lack the social programs necessary to sustain biological reproduction demonstrates without a doubt that American society is in terminal decline.
What the people want will certainly be reflected in state policies, and the interests of different groups will also be taken into account. It is the only right choice for us to follow our country to move forward together.
There are two big events this year for China-Australia relations - one is Australia's general election and the other is the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries, both of which serve as an opportunity for bilateral relations to turn to a new page.
China's whole-process people's democracy is not a formalist democracy or an empty Western discourse spiced up with political correctness. It best meets people's ever-growing needs for a better life.
While the darkness of the Victorian era has been confined to the dustbin of history, the tragic stories of Oliver Twist in his childhood are still happening in America.
The US often drags in entrepreneurs and foundations to make donations in the global fight against the pandemic. This makes it as if private companies engage in "color revolutions" in other countries under the banner of vaccine sharing. This will turn the fight against the pandemic into something tragic. Therefore, it can be said that the COVID-19 summit is only a tool used by the US to save grace, the contributions it will make are finite.
It will be a long-term challenge to preserve its cultural traditions and find a path to modernity in the face of Westernization.
As China has always pointed out, there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory.
That may be different from the impression that Johnson, the US and their allies would like to give, but it is probably closer to the truth. How long before they acknowledge the elephant in the room and deal with it?
In times of a West deteriorating with xenophobic, anti-science and Nazi-fascist discourses, a New Silk Road can symbolize the beginning of a luminous reaction to all this darkness that is gaining ground in several Western countries.
This generation of Chinese youths not only have more opportunities than their predecessors, but have interacted more with their peers elsewhere across the world. For this reason, their confidence and faith will have a profound influence around the world.
The construction boom in China to house the growing middle class is something to imitate and it doesn't happen without proper policies.
Although Japan stands as a “third party” in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it is actively bonding itself to the conflict, the intention behind needs to be paid special attention by neighboring countries and even the international community.
Increasingly patriotic, the young people of China are putting their faith in the reality that their country will prevail and deliver against the challenges it faces, and they are heeding the rallying cry to offset the West in its bid to contain their nation. They do not believe they need Western style liberal democracy, and that China's own model will be the way forward.
Drawing blood from the veins of Mexicans, the US could be the very definition of the word “bloodsucker,” literally. The veins of Latin America cut open by the US have never healed
Orchestrated hysteria and manipulation of perceptions is that (foul) weapon of choice to accelerate the tearing down of the edifice of stable and interdependent US-China relations. At some level thus, this irrationality of the US political establishment - call it 'deep state' or whatever - is in fact a coldly rational ploy.
Just imagine, if there is no war, what kind of prosperity would human beings have had today?
China's young people face many challenges, but there's an increasing and palpable confidence in China's youths.
The US has just surpassed the 1 million threshold of COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago, a grim milestone that once seemed unimaginable but has now truly occurred in the world's sole superpower. Will it prompt some reflection within the country on the US government's response to the deadly virus?
The US relies heavily on its allies to maintain its military presence in the region but such a path is becoming increasingly difficult for Washington.
Editor's Note: May 4 marks the Youth Day in China. Year 2022 also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC). This generation of Chinese youth not only has more opportunities than their predecessors, but have interacted more with their peers elsewhere across the world. For this reason, their confidence and faith will have a profound influence around the world. The Global Times has invited several international observers to comment on their impression of this generation of Chinese youth. This is the third in the series.
Since the beginning of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, India's neutral stance over this issue has irritated many Western countries. During his tour of Europe this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to explain India's position on Ukraine to EU leaders, according to German media Deutsche Welle.
They call them war games, but games are the very last thing they are. And to play war games when there is a real war going on is a very dangerous game to play indeed.
For a long time, the West has placed Africa on the margin of global development. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, African countries' dependence on debt had been on the rise. Under the combined impact of the pandemic and global changes, Africa's debt risk and repayment pressure have been of great concern to the international community. During the 1982 Latin American debt crisis, the approach of debt relief was used to address the debt overhang of developing countries. This approach was then applied in the handling of debt crisis in African countries. Major measures include traditional debt relief practices, the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC), the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) and the G20's Debt Service Suspension Initiative(DSSI) of 2020.
The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict appears to be a confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, but it mirrors the Western civilization' crisis of expansion. This crisis stems from the inherent duality of Western civilization - the West can only accept the existence of its homogeneity, and the non-homogeneous is either assimilated or judged as foes that need to be eliminated.
Editor's Note: For the Chinese people, the past decade was epic and inspirational. The country, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, has made great endeavors in boosting its economy, deepening reforms, improving the rights of its people and acting as a responsible power globally. The Chinese leader has been advocating a new security concept featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination. Global Times (GT) reporter Li Aixin talked to Alfred de Zayas (De Zayas), professor of international law at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and former UN independent expert, on his understanding of the world order, as well as the roles China and the US play in it. This is the third interview of the series.
As the Ukraine crisis continues, the US has been intensifying its "black or white" narratives in its war of words against China, trying to inflict heavy losses on China within international public opinion by using the trap of binary opposition. By any means, this vicious intent of the US, which holds no moral ground amid Ukraine crisis, wont deliver.
Editors Note: May 4 marks the Youth Day in China. Year 2022 also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Youth League of China. This generation of Chinese youth not only have more opportunities than their predecessors, but have interacted more with their peers elsewhere across the world.
The world faces huge challenges in overcoming the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity, the war in Ukraine, the accelerating climate crisis and biodiversity loss.
May 4 marks the Youth Day in China. Year 2022 also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC). This generation of Chinese youth not only have more opportunities than their predecessors, but have interacted more with their peers elsewhere across the world. For this reason, their confidence and faith will have a profound influence around the world. The Global Times has invited several international observers to comment on their impression of this generation of Chinese youth. This is the first in the series.
The Financial Times disclosed Sunday that Kurt Campbell, the White House Indo-Pacific coordinator, and Laura Rosenberger, the top US National Security Council China official, held a meeting over Taiwan island with UK representatives in early March, discussing how to cooperate more closely to reduce “the chances of war with China” over Taiwan island and to explore conflict contingency plans for the first time. The meeting spanned from how the UK could do more “diplomatically” with the Taiwan island to talks about what role the UK would play if the US “ended up in a war with China.”
A group of anti-China forces outside China, especially supporters of the anti-China Falun Gong cult recently raved about the Marvel Studios movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness set to be released in the US on Friday.
After waves of accusations and complaints from Australia about the security agreement between China and the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, hit back at Canberra's hypocrisy and hysteria. It is increasingly clear that Australian politicians need to stop their paranoid finger pointing.
Given terror surge against Chinese nationals, an exclusive security mechanism separate from all national anti-terror arrangements is highly necessitated to be formulated to protect Chinese in Pakistan.
The Yongsan US military base in Seoul, the ROK, was surrounded by ROK citizens shouting "Shut down the bio-labs!" It was not the first time that such protests took place in a country in which US troops are based. But the date of this campaign made it different. It was April 10, 2022, the 50th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
To avert the outbreak of war, the US must be continually reminded that the wayward province of Taiwan is not an “unsinkable American aircraft carrier,” a proxy battlefield, or an independent sovereign nation.
In the so-called "rules-based international order" that Washington and its clients are pushing, they have sovereignty and rights, and no one else does. In their realm of moral relativism, the Solomons being a de facto Australia protectorate is freedom, while Honiara signing a security pact with Beijing somehow endangers Canberra's sovereignty. The Sovereign West can question the territorial integrity of China, but forbids the same when it comes to Ukraine.
Will French policy toward China become more pragmatic and flexible? The answer should not ignore EU's foreign policy in the context of the Russia-Ukraine war. France will have to pay more attention to a coherent EU foreign policy.
Attacking Russia over Bucha incident, the US and its NATO allies are playing the old trick of condemning and punishing a country for an unverified incident. It only reminds us how the US deceives the world under the pretext of humanity and justice.
The US is the country that most deserves the investigation and prosecution by the ICC for its war atrocities. The US is a hegemon addicted to war and the biggest source of risk of global peace and stability.
The Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was ostensibly to get rid of this financial burden, but the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis has led many to suspect that the US military-industrial complex is simply changing the battlefield to continue to make profits.
It has been more than 60 days since the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Up to now, the US has coordinated military aid to Ukraine from about 30 countries. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday invited 40 allies to a meeting to discuss military assistance to help Ukraine upgrade its modern military. It goes without saying that the US hopes to consolidate Western military resources and greatly weaken Russia through the conflict.
We have to pay full attention to the Quad's intentions to contain China and be on guard even though the group is nothing significant in terms of power. The Quad is nothing to be afraid of, not even if it expands.
There is a strong hope that Beijing will defeat this round of outbreak with a concentrated battle at a manageable cost. It is hoped that Beijing can be an example to prove that Omicron variant is manageable in our mega-cities at a limited cost.
Britain was already a deeply unequal society. We are living through Britain's own Hunger Games, which witnesses an uncaring government with little regard for the poorest, where something as basic to life as food has become a symbol of inequality.
China's engagement in multilateral organizations, including with nations and various other organs of UN, aims to promote common development, common prosperity, and to some extent common security, so as to build economic communities or security communities in the regions, whereas the United States is trying to sustain its global hegemony.
West has not been able to accept the way of engaging with China. They have deep misunderstandings of China. We should communicate with and listen to them, and we should pay heed to what is right and refute what is wrong.
When the US regards its opponent as the main threat or enemy, it is less likely to judge it carefully and rationally, but rather crudely omitting the complexities within and differences between different objects, such as China and Russia.
In the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the US and the West have imposed multiple sanctions on Russia and are attempting to isolate it internationally. The latest move was a call by the US and other Western countries on most G20 members to work together to kick out Russia from the group.
We are at a time when the world order is collapsing and all the rules based on the Bretton Woods system are disintegrating. The new order may take years to re-establish, but we don't yet know when and what it will look like.
Japan's groundless “concern” over China-Solomon Islands security deal is mainly to echo US and to serve the US' strategic interests. Blindly following the US and being its vassal state will make Japan an accomplice of the global instability.
What Ukraine needs most now is not to become a pawn of the US to contain Russia, and make its people suffer. Zelensky should change his practice of completely relying on the US and the West and effectively adjust his mindset so as to bring peace back to Ukraine as soon as possible.
Rather than recognizing the way the world has changed, some analysts appear to have fixated on the decades immediately after WW2 and concluded that this represents some immutable international order. It's a deeply flawed analysis.
The fact that mass shootings are such a daily occurrence in US despite the country's go-to tactic of jailing offenders, disproportionately black people and people of lower-income, dispels the notion that more people in jail meant more safety.
The era of colonialism and white supremacy is already a disgrace in history, and it is simply in vain for countries like the US and Australia to impose their self-interest and geopolitical strategy on smaller countries.
With such an eco-friendly approach in mind, China has showed the world its resolute in environment and climate protection.
The Western media started the smearing campaign against the security cooperation deal between China and the Solomon Islands even before the pact was signed on Wednesday, and now their attacks are becoming increasingly fiercer.
Cyberspace is a common space shared by all countries. The US should stop “playing the touch ball” in cyberspace. Instead, it is supposed to shoulder the responsibility of a major power, avoid strategic misjudgments, and earnestly maintain strategic stability among major powers and build a peaceful and secure cyberspace.
When Australian politicians are obsessed with playing the anti-China card and tying Australia to the US tightly, they are making a risky bet. The result could not only jeopardize ties with China, but Australia's interests.
Having never been held to account for their crimes, Australia continues to exhibit an “ownership” mentality over Pacific Island states, perceiving their rule as having not been brutal or unwanted, but benevolent and supportive. This is ironic.
Macron vs Le Pen reflects a severe problem that France is facing – the young generation does not feel much hope like their fathers did. Like Macron said in 2019: “we are living the end of Western hegemony,” the elections won't solve this problem.
"How is not selling Kerrygold butter to Russia going to save any Ukrainian lives? How is buying filthy fracked US gas going to stop the war?" Clare Daly, an Irish politician and a member of the European Parliament, asked earlier this month. She said, "NATO has never brought peace anywhere in the world," and sanctions against Russia will "devastate the European economy."
Even though it is still too early to predict the policies of the next Singaporean prime minister, it is certain that the country will not easily give up its balanced strategy when it comes to China and the US.
Europe's right-wing and conservative tendencies are intensifying in what could be one of the most noteworthy changes of the century.
West's response to India's stance on Russia-Ukraine conflict is a glimpse of its post emergence challenge. The US-led West is not pleased to see a disobedient India. It is even less willing to see an emerged New Delhi.
If the US continues its current suppressive measures against Russia and China, not only globalization will be reversed, world peace and stability will also run into new difficulties. In the meantime, it will backfire on the US.
China's approach to human rights prioritizes sovereignty and the right to development, and these principles have been applied to the implementation of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Through the issue of the China-Solomon Islands security pact, Pacific Island countries can see perfectly how Australia attempts to take full control of regional affairs and restrict them from developing relations with non-regional countries.
With the Ukraine crisis continuing, the West has spared no effort to persuade New Delhi to "stand with the West" to condemn Moscow. Is this another embodiment of the West's "colonial mentality" and "colonial structures and institutions"?
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