- CPTPP a chance for China to further integrate into Asia-Pacific
- With the two largest economies of the Asia-Pacific and the world joining the CPTPP, the partnership agreement would become the stepping stone to the growth of an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement. Over time, it would encourage other APEC members to join the grouping. More non-APEC members, such as the United Kingdom, might also be inclined to join it in the future.
- Another epidemic: America's gun crimes makes 2020 most violent year in decades
- As a country with the highest COVID-19 death toll, America's economy and society have been hit hard by the lethal virus, leaving hundreds of thousands of people out of work. Stresses and pressures related to lockdowns and prolonged periods of isolation have also made people’s lives harder, providing a warm bed for deteriorating gun violence.
- Anti-ship missile, Japan's ambition for offensive capability
- In the past month, Japan has taken constant moves on the research and development of anti-ship missiles by proposing plans to buy ASM-3A supersonic air-to-ship missiles, enhance the range of Type 12 surface-to-ship missiles and develop the stealth anti-ship missile with a shooting range of 2,000km.
- China to respond to US provocations in next 10 days
- After Washington announced last week that the US ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, would pay a visit to Taiwan this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was lifting restrictions on contacts between officials of both the US and the island of Taiwan. The Trump administration is exploiting its final days to make anti-China decisions.
- Pompeo may toll the knell for Taiwan authorities
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday announced the lifting of all "self-imposed restrictions" to regulate American "diplomats, servicemembers, and other officials' interactions" with their counterparts on the island of Taiwan. He said the restrictions were taken "in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing." "No more," he added, noting, "Executive branch agencies should consider all 'contact guidelines' regarding relations with Taiwan… to be null and void." The island of Taiwan immediately welcomed the statement.
- Things to do and not to do to stabilize Sino-US ties
- Beijing and Washington can certainly work together on these issues of common interests. It is time the US changed its tack and returned to diplomacy and dialogue to meet the common and global challenges. The items on the to-do and not-to-do lists are not politically sensitive, yet they are important steps that should be taken to stabilize bilateral relations.
- American-style democracy faces backlash
- Today, the U.S. has to swallow its own bitter fruit, with the actions denounced as a "violent clash" by the mainstream media in the U.S. As the general trend of "the rise of the East and decline of the West" has become increasingly prominent, the U.S. ambition to dominate the world is becoming more and more untenable.
- India makes major step toward theater command reform
- The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause a severe financial situation, and it will be difficult for the Indian army to obtain the necessary budget in the foreseeable future. All of these will inevitably pose a great constraint on its "drastic" theater system reform. It remains to be seen if India can complete its military reform smoothly.