Money cannot buy true love. But can money help people rescue a relationship which is about to break down? Unfortunately, no! In a materialistic world, feelings are yet to completely give way to the power of pelf.
After the US-South Korea talks on US military cost-sharing in South Korea broke down on Tuesday, South Korean media reported on Thursday that the Trump administration is considering withdrawing a brigade of US troops from the country to put pressure on Seoul.
Even if Trump has already adjusted his North Korea policy, even if the US-South Korea large-scale military exercise has been postponed indefinitely, the so-called goodwill can hardly change the cruel reality – Washington's hostile policy against Pyongyang is likely to remain, and the future of the Korean Peninsula will stay strained for a long time. It is hoped that such tension will not spin out of control.
Then we tried the notorious Chinese spirit, baijiu, chatted about how tomatoes were first brought to China and how a certain Chinese dish is similar to a Portuguese one. There might be something more important to talk about. But no one bothered. Intoxicated, my eyes caught a line in the menu: “This month, as we renew and recreate that menu, if only to ask the same question: 'can Peking duck end a war?'”
What war? I must be drunk.
That being said, to tackle the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, both sides have to make more compromises to achieve mutual trust.
Cooperation with China mirrors Sri Lanka's wish to use its geographical advantage and to turn itself into a transport hub in the North Indian Ocean. However, Colombo's ambition has made other major regional powers uneasy. They have the right to be concerned. But Sri Lanka also has the right to make policies that are in line with its own interests.
I believe that while discussing the change in US strategy for China, the Chinese academic community should also seriously discuss what China's strategy for the US should be like in the future.
Donald Trump's presidency is on a bumpy ride.
The future of Hong Kong is in the hands of the middle-class, more of whom should make choices wisely and fulfill their obligations to society.
China must play the role of safeguarding national stakes and multilateral development interests under globalization, resolutely striking back at acts of US interventionism and promoting a new international economic and political order that is fair and equitable.
Hence, the Iranian nuclear tensions may possibly continue escalating with fiercer discords between Washington and Tehran, leaving the crisis with a gloomy future.
Military relations play a role of stabilizer, as close China-US military relations are crucial to maintaining benign bilateral ties.
The US will not provide firm support to the island of Taiwan, nor will it be able to prevent China's reunification.
The chaos in Bolivia will create hurdles for existing cooperation projects with China. But their ties will not be affected in the long run.
The Chinese need to observe the world more carefully, remain humble and take lessons from those once powerful major countries and emerging economies.
Both countries hope to maintain healthy and stable military ties when economic relations are leaving a lot to be desired. This will also play a positive role in stabilizing the overall relationship between China and the US.
There are many lessons the world can learn from China's ascension. But one lesson that should be at the core of benchmarking is China's state competence.
Politicians like Cruz are stumbling blocks that impede the healthy development of China-US ties and instead raise the devil within the US, which offers nothing but bad news for the benign relationship between both countries.