After the aggressive speech by US Assistant Secretary Aaron Wess Mitchell in late October advocating the US to win influence in
Central and Eastern Europe, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo recently visited Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
Although Pompeo’s visit covered a wide array of issues including the Middle East, China, Russia, energy
, and security, they pointed to US ambitions in winning the race for influence in Central and Eastern Europe.
Since US President Donald Trump took office, US capabilities have been on the decline along with its willingness to prov
ide public goods to the international community. Although Washington clings to America First doctrine, it doesn’t mean it f
ollows a path of isolationism. The US sometimes provides regional goods to rebuild rules that are more favorable to it.
The US strategy in Central and Eastern Europe follows this logic.
The most important US presence in Central and Eastern Europe i
s the security cooperation under the NATO security framework. If the US wants to s
trengthen its clout in this region, it must win favor from those countries that strike a balance among major powers.
India has accelerated its efforts to make it easier to do business in the country. As China’s labor cost ad
vantage shrinks, Chinese enterprises should pay attention to changes in the Indian economy.
In 2018, India saw more than $38 billion of inbound deals, outnumbering t
hat of China for the first time in two decades, the Economic Times reported. India is
moving in the right direction to make foreign investment a powerful engine for economic growth and poverty alleviation. It
is the same strategy adopted by China three decades ago at the initial stage of its industrialization process.
Ahead of a general election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing discont
ent as people question whether his reforms can create enough jobs for young people. But the foreign inve
stment figures suggest that Modi has done a good job in addressing unemployment.
projects, including highway, railway, airport and power stations. However, in the face of local protests, the effectiveness of Modi’s economic package, delivered just a few months before the
election, seemed very suspicious. Interestingly, because of the tremendous opposition against the Bill and the frustrating situation on the g
round, BJP’s top local politician who was defending the bill changed his tune almost as soon as Modi left.
Clearly, Modi’s twin election trick, which comprised both nationalistic and developmental ele
ments, was clearly at work during his visit to disputed South Tibet. However, sacrificing the pa
instakingly earned mutual trust and progress in Sino-Indian relations for the sake of ephemeral political benefits seems unwise.
Even though India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute, and Modi and President Xi have met at least four times in 2018 to bring b
ilateral ties back on a stable footing, the border issue remains the single-most sensitive topic between the two countries. While
the dispute between China and India remains too large to be resolved altogether, both sides would better carefully manage it.
interests, but they should stick to justice in major affairs otherwise double standards will prevail.
Europe does not feel any threat from China’s missiles. In security, Europe is caught in the middle of Moscow and Washington.
Europe is not the source of China’s security pressure. But Germany has dragged China into its own security pli
ght, which not only damages China’s interests, but also leads Europeans in the wrong direction for their security concerns.
Globalization has remolded the existing power pattern and will also change the world’s political landscape. The era that Europe’s interest
s are tied with the Western camp is ending. America First will become the dominant principle in tr
ans-Atlantic ties. Europe is destined to fall behind the US and needs to recalculate its orientation.
As the world’s second largest economy, China needs defense capabilities which should be more powerful than it has now so as t
o build peace in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. A peaceful and stable Asia-Pacific region will benefit Europe.
The Asia-Pacific is far from reaching a balance of power. Germans are clear abo
ut the wide gap between the Chinese and US militaries. Merkel’s words are nothing but a bubble in thin air.
rts with the Chinese team to strive for the conclusion of a deal that meets the interests of both sides.
“We bring the best wishes of President Trump. He’s asked us to state that
he also places great importance on his personal relationship with you,” Lighthizer said.
“We have had two very good days of negotiations. We feel that we have made headway on some very, very important and
very difficult issues,” he said. “We have additional work we have to do but we are hopeful.”
Xi asked Lighthizer and Mnuchin to extend his sincere greetings to President Trump, saying
that he cherishes their good working relationship and would like to keep in contact with him.
she would not keep quiet in exchange for various conditions and the Western media is backing her stand. The Swedish Mi
nistry of Foreign Affairs said it already launched an internal investigation into Lindstedt, who had been appointed for an
other position in the Swedish government in March. Lindstedt has now been recalled to her country.
Is Angela Gui telling the truth? The Chinese Embassy in Sweden has responded that China has never and will never authorize
anyone to be in contact with her. China handled Gui’s case in accordance with the law and legal p
rocedures. People need to be aware of Angela’s unique position as Gui Minhai’s daughter; and, considering her lack of ex
perience in distinguishing complex issues, it is necessary for people to be cautious about her story.
However, the role of Ambassador Lindstedt is also part of this. If she did arrange a meeting between Angela Gui a
nd the Chinese businessmen not authorized by Beijing, then we can make the following analysis.
First, there are domestic groups in Sweden that hope the relationship between Sweden and China will not be a
ffected by Gui’s incident in the long term. They are willing to facilitate public discussions between Stockholm and B
eijing on this matter. Ambassador Lindstedt herself is a representative of such groups.
Austria’s technology ministry has called on Europe to form a joint position on whether or not to allow Chinese firm Huawei to equip 5G for next-generation mobile networks. This consideration co
mes amid the US-hyped security concerns over Huawei and Washington’s relentless efforts to thwart the 5G efforts of this leading tech company.
will be one of the most critical components of the digital economy and society, not only in China but also Europe. Europe has taken significant ste
ps to lead global developments toward this strategic technology. To reposition itself as a leader in world affairs including the field of technology, Europe h
as no reason to reject cooperation with Huawei which has developed the most advanced 5G technology, disregarding u
nwarranted US claims.
Europe is caught in the middle. While the continent treads carefully between China an
d the US, what is at stake is its own interests. As China tries to offer a cooperative approach, Europe, a longtime US ally, is hesi
ant to accept. The Belt and RoadInitiative proposed by China presents tremendous opportunities in terms of trade and g
rowth, while skepticism lingers in Europe about the geopolitical ambition the initiative may harbor.
servers believe that the funds allocated by the EU will fall way short of what is really needed. The EU will allocate funding for this project in its ne
xt multiannual budget, which will stretch from 2021 to 2027, but can Europe afford to wait till then to walk out of its current plight?
nt bilateral relationships, and the two countries have wide common interests and shoulder im
portant responsibilities in safeguarding world peace and promoting global prosperity.
Maintaining the healthy and stable development of the China-US relationship is in line with the fundamen
tal interests of the people of both countries, and it is also the common wish of the international community, Xi said.
Xi mentioned his latest meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 Lead
ers Summit in Argentina in December, saying that the two leaders reached important consensuses.
The two countries should promote building stable, cooperative and coordinative China-US relations, Xi said. The two sides s
hould enhance communication, focus on cooperation and handle disputes to promote economic and trade cooperation, Xi added.
The US team expressed the willingness to make joint efforts with the Chinese team to strive for the conclusion of a deal that meets the interests of both sides.
lies that the Chang’e 4 probe served as a pioneer in the history of human lunar exploration.
According to the IAU naming rules, the landing site name has the prefix of Statio in Latin. And so far onl
y two places have such a prefix, the first being the landing site of Apollo 11, Statio Tranquillitatis.
Zhinyu, Hegu and Tianjin are the names of stars in China’s ancient star chart, as the three pits in the lunar crater formed a shape similar to these three celestial bodies.
Mount Tai is one of the five most famous mountains in China in East China’s Shandong province and stands 1,545 me
ters tall above sea level. The central peak, Mons Tai, in the lunar crater measures 1,565 meters in height from its base.
In August 2010 and October 2015, China had applied to name the landing sites of Chang’e 1 and Ch
ang’e 3, and gained approval, and in January this year, China applied to the IAU for the five new names.
So far, a total of 12 lunar features have been named by China.
Naming entities on lunar surfaces started in the 17th century in Europe, and in the 20th century, the U
nited States and the former Soviet Union had the most names due to their lunar explorations.
Spring Festival, celebrating the start of the Chinese Lun