At the beginning of the third decade of the 21st century, the international situation has become tense. However, this is just a new development of great changes unseen in a century, and another symptom which is formed when the capitalist world system in the model of neoliberalism falls into a systematic crisis.
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations (UN) and is bound to be an extraordinary year for the UN. The US reportedly denied Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a visa to attend the UN Security Council meeting on the theme of upholding the UN Charter held in New York on January 9, which has drawn flak from international media.
As the new decade begins, burning signs of climate change make efforts to tackle the crisis more urgent than ever. Fires in Australia are still ablaze, continuing a series of climate-related disasters last year, including fires in the Amazon and California and record-breaking summer heat waves.
The creation of the US Space Force as the sixth branch of the US armed forces has caused concerns around the world. US President Donald Trump signed into law in late 2019 the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which approved $40 million for Space Force operations and maintenance. It is estimated that about $13 billion would be spent in the first five years since 2020 to establish the Space Force.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Moscow on January 11 and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for nearly four hours. According to information revealed by German and Russian authorities, the atmosphere of the meeting was friendly, in contrast to the indifferent attitudes during the two leaders' contacts over the last five years.
Being a close strategic partner of the US is no guarantee of preferential treatment when America's perceived national economic interest is at stake: Australian scholar
The world has returned to the era of superpower competition. Middle East has always been the center of geopolitics, thus Washington chose to strike Iran in order to increase control and influence over the Middle East and suppress Russia and Iran's sphere of influence in the region.
While a new mechanism will surely benefit China and the US, it will also have a positive knock-on effect on global trade order and economic governance. China-US relations are one of the most important economic bilateral relations in the world.
As US national strategy has changed from focusing on anti-terrorism to superpower competition, the core of US Indo-Pacific Strategy - which can be said to be tailored for China - is to deal with the Asian giant. Thus, the US has been leaning toward the Indo-Pacific region in both strategy making and military deployments.
The Czech government sticks to the "one China" policy. However, the Prague mayor has repeatedly crossed the line, violated the diplomatic position of the Czech government and served Western forces opposed to China. Hrib's high-profile anti-China stunt is intended to gain political advantage.
The Nord Stream-2 dispute could not be solved in a short time. These paradoxes around the pipeline profoundly reveal the economy-politics nexus in international business, especially in the infrastructure megaprojects. The nexus even has its effects on political allies like the US and Europe.
I want to tell Chinese people to have confidence in the country's opening-up. The more open our market, the more China will develop and the stronger Chinese companies will become. When China embraces opening-up in an all-round way, both the country and the world will prosper.
How does he analyze the current US policy toward China? Is there any possibility that the two countries will decouple? Ezra Feivel Vogel (Vogel) shared his insights in an exclusive interview with Global Times (GT) special reporter Wen Yan.
In terms of partnership with China, Russia will maintain friendship and cooperation with its East Asian neighbor. Relations between the two great powers will not waver easily.
Canberra might want to be reminded that its international PhD students are not cannon fodder for US international political agenda. Australia has its own geopolitical and geoeconomic interests, which Washington won't care about with the White House promoting its guiding principle of “America First.”
Fierce competition makes traders desperate. But any business should be based on honesty. Cooking up emotional tales or faking images is short-sighted. Although it may increase sales in the short run, sellers will lose the trust of consumers in the long run. Instead, they should create innovative methods to win the hearts of consumers.
UN member states have committed to a decade of action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. There is no time for delay.
The beginning of a new decade has a happy ring to it – a feeling of turning a page, of starting anew, of a fresh impetus. Yet, this year of the rat according to the Chinese calendar looks ominous, one in which the world will face many daunting challenges.