24 April 2018


  • Belarus' move to change the official Chinese translation of the country’s name has aroused suspicions that it is trying to dissociate itself from Russia. Photo:

    Are Belarusians and Russians the same people?

    - Apr 12, 2018 10:34am
    The government of Belarus recently published a statement on its official website noting that the official Chinese translation of “Belarus” should be “白羅斯” (or White Rus’) rather than “白俄羅斯” (White Russia). According to the statement, the clarification...
  • The Trump Administration took great care to choose Chinese imports for tariff hikes that would inflict the least pain on Americans. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s trade war disadvantage against a communist state

    - Apr 12, 2018 9:00am
    Not all trade wars are created equal. But as the saying goes, all’s fair in love and war. A trade war between the United States and the European Union would be more equal than a trade...
  • US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Negotiations preferred path to ease US-China trade row: Perdue

    Apr 12, 2018 8:58am
    US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday that negotiations are the preferred method for easing trade tensions between China and the United States. “Our first goal is to negotiate ourselves out of the saber rattling...
  • There are many good reasons why high-net-worth individuals and institutions continue to flock to London despite the uncertainty of Brexit. Photo: Savills

    Why London will remain a big draw despite Brexit uncertainty

    Apr 11, 2018 3:42pm
    Nobody knows exactly how things will work for Britain in the long run. Further negotiations regarding future relations between the UK and the EU will begin soon, and this hopefully will give the market some certainty....
  • EU's model of economic openness, social cohesion, and strong institutions can provide an alternative to the isolationist and nationalist tendencies that are threatening global cooperation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Europe’s double opportunity

    - Apr 11, 2018 10:49am
    Europe has a decision to make. It can stand by as nationalism and authoritarianism flourish from the United States (with Donald Trump’s “America First” approach) to China (which is moving from a single-party system to a...
  • Britain is looking at various options available to the country after it leaves the European Union. Photo: Reuters

    Can Britain rejoin EFTA after Brexit?

    - Apr 11, 2018 10:21am
    Since the United Kingdom reached a preliminary agreement with the European Union over the terms of Brexit, people have looked closer at the various options regarding the way forward for the country. Among these options is the...
  • Western powers agree on the need for some action following reports of a Syria chemical attack that killed dozens of people, including children, in the civil war-torn nation. Photo: Reuters

    Suspected chemical attack in Syria puts US in a predicament

    - Apr 11, 2018 9:56am
    Just as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared set to sweep to complete victory and put an end to the 7-year-long bloody civil war in his nation, the situation there took a shocking turn last Saturday, when...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at an annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia in Boao in Hainan province on Tuesday. Credit: Kyodo/via Reuters

    Xi reiterates vow to open up economy further, cut tariffs

    Apr 10, 2018 3:32pm
    China will open up its economy further and lower import tariffs on some products including cars, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday, in pledges seen as a bid to defuse a trade row with the US. In...
  • PayPal is rolling out basic banking features in the US, taking aim at the more than 30 million people in the country who do not have traditional bank accounts. Photo: Reuters

    PayPal turning into ‘virtual bank’ for the unbanked in US

    Apr 10, 2018 3:01pm
    PayPal is rolling out basic banking features to its digital wallets in the United States, targeting the unbanked population in the country through partnerships with small banks and offering products such as debit card and consumer loans....
  • The eurozone’s financial-liberalization process amounted to a more profound shift for the periphery than for the core countries. Photo: Bloomberg

    How inequality fueled the euro crisis

    - Apr 10, 2018 9:38am
    Since the Great Recession of 2007-2009, most economists have begun to regard finance as a key driver of the business cycle. But the precise dynamics are not yet fully understood. For example, the University of Chicago’s...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on March 28. Photo: AFP

    Kim visit ends China’s marginalization but awkwardness remains

    - Apr 9, 2018 4:08pm
    The sudden visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Beijing ended China’s fear of being marginalized on the Korean peninsula but the awkwardness in the Chinese position remains, with Beijing distancing itself from Pyongyang’s attempts...
  • We will need to develop an approach that advances innovation within a framework of coordinated deliberation about future social and political arrangements. Photo: Reuters

    Reimagining security and rethinking economics

    - Apr 9, 2018 9:39am
    Now that the world is facing a trade war and the growing possibility that the West could find itself in a real war, we would do well to reconsider the lessons of the interwar period. Many...
  • Iranian data centers were among the cyber facilities that were targeted in a new global hacker attack. Photo: Reuters

    Cyber-attack leaves US flags on screens in Iran

    Apr 9, 2018 8:52am
    Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, Reuters reports....
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is said to be willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula‎ during a planned meeting with his US counterpart. Photo: Reuters

    N Korea tells US it is ready to discuss denuclearization: report

    Apr 9, 2018 8:33am
    North Korea has told the US for the first time that it is prepared to discuss denuclearization when a summit meeting takes place between leaders of the two nations, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified US official....
  • An encounter with the legendary Komodo dragons on Rincah Island is an unforgettable experience. Photo: EJ Insight

    A visit to Indonesia’s Jurassic Park

    - Apr 6, 2018 3:53pm
    As if our fatigue and hunger were not enough, the local guide tried to aggravate our predicament by calling out to the ladies in our group and asking if any of them were having their period....
  • South Korea's ousted leader Park Geun-hye (left) arrives at a court in Seoul in this file picture taken on Aug. 25, 2017. Photo: AFP

    South Korean court jails former president Park for 24 years

    Apr 6, 2018 3:18pm
    A South Korean court jailed former president Park Geun-hye for 24 years on Friday over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates, Reuters reports. Park became South Korea’s first...
  • A woman walks past a live telecast of Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak announcing the dissolution of parliament at an electronics shop in Port Klang, Malaysia, on Friday.  Photo: Reuters

    Malaysia’s Najib dissolves parliament, paves way for election

    Apr 6, 2018 3:11pm
    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the dissolution of parliament on Friday, paving the way for a tough election where the embattled leader will face off against his old mentor and the country’s most seasoned campaigner...
  • Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizing committee. The way the country is going about in planning and organizing the World Cup involves classic hedging.  Photo: Reuters

    Qatar’s diplomatic hedging: A World Cup insurance policy

    - Apr 6, 2018 9:32am
    Following the recent re-election of Vladimir Putin as Russia’s president, Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent him a note of congratulations. This was in spite of Russia’s apparent involvement in the poisoning of former...
  • Mainland netizens are usually aware that their online activities are constantly being watched by the authorities. Photo: China Daily

    Trading privacy for convenience

    - Apr 6, 2018 9:30am
    The US federal government is proposing to require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list all social media identities they have used in the past five years. The proposal, if approved by the Office of...
  • Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that Britain will be leaving both the EU single market and the customs union. Photo: AFP

    Breaking the Brexit stalemate

    - Apr 4, 2018 1:44pm
    March 29 marked exactly one year since British Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, thus launching the formal two-year legal process by which the United Kingdom will withdraw from the...

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