unprecedented trade war: The US didn’t easily stop and China was not that fragile to be defeated. How
ever, it has proven no empty talk that in a long-term trade war, both sides would eventually lose.
President Xi and President Trump reached consensus on December 1 and put the two countries back onto the win-win track. Th
e consensus has responded to the situation, conformed with people’s wishes and reversed the pessimism of the market.
Starting December 2018, rounds of consultations resolved a large n
umber of divergences. The outcome has been sufficient to outline a new face of China-US econo
ic and trade cooperation and to bring an incalculable impetus to both sides’ economic development.
In the final phase of the talks, both sides must keep calm, treasure the already-made ach
ievements and promote smoother and fairer China-US trade cooperation.
US demand for China’s structural reform must stay in line with China-US trade coo
peration and coordinate with China’s reform and opening-up. The talks must not tr
y to force Beijing to change its economic governance or even its development path.
The final deal should attend to the interests of nongovernmental organizations that ultimately carry out economic and trade cooperation.
China and the US must sign an agreement that will inspire their peo
ple, heralding accelerated economic development. Only such deals can withstand the test of history.
one hand, Modi wanted to push forward the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in South Tibet where it may help New Delhi assimilate local
population and convert it demographically into a more “Indianized” one; on the other, Modi sought to pacify irritated and alienated local comm
unities by introducing more developmental projects and pro-growth schemes. In addition, by sending out a strong signal that China’s fierce protests woul
d not deter him from visiting the frontier region, Modi also sought to appeal to nationalistic voters before the election.
Following the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8, South T
ibet had been hit by waves of protests across the region. A large number of Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh have been sent into South Tib
et since the 1950s, but have no citizenship. However, if the Bill is enacted, these refugees would likely get Indi
an citizenship, which poses a threat to the local community as their swelling population in the long run may well crowd out and eat up the indigenous pop
ulation. For example, Hajong people – a Hindu group originally residing in former East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) which fled to India due to religious persecu
tion – have been migrating to South Tibet since the 1960s, but their presence since then has been a constant source of conflicts.
It was against this backdrop that Modi trod on the soil of South Tibet. Signaling that his governm
ent gives a lot of importance to the region which has been neglected by previous governments, Modi sought to
pacify annoyed locals by giving them a long list of gifts. The Indian prime minister laid the foundation stone of several developme
Since Myanmar embarked on its political transition, political elites in the country have championed that peace is the premise for econo
mic and social development. In the first two years of the government led by National League for Democracy (NLD), Nay Pyi Taw devoted a lot
of efforts to promoting national reconciliation with the hope of making a major breakthrough and consolidating public su
pport. Regrettably, results are not satisfactory. The NLD government is currently locked in a stalemate over national reconciliation.
It has also performed poorly in boosting the economy and improving people’s lives. Main economic in
dicators suggest that since the NLD government assumed power, Living standards haven’t su
bstantially improved, and more economic problems have surfaced to plague the country. One of the main rea
sons why the NLD lost seats in the 2018 elections is the government’s lackluster economic performance. If the ec
onomy doesn’t improve, it will inevitably affect the NLD’s potential for victory in the 2020 election.
Therefore, the NLD government is now attaching increasing importance to economic and livel
ihood issues. It has issued a string of policies to attract foreign investment. Take the new Mya
nmar Companies Act. Under the law, foreigners are permitted to take up to a 35 percent stake in local companies and bu
sinesses with foreign stakes of more than 35 percent will be classified as a foreign company, which facilitates co
operation between foreign investors and local businessmen and will help attract more foreign investment.