Turkey’s EU accession prospects remain bleak

Yasar Yakis The European Parliament this month issued its periodical “progress report on Turkey.” Turkey’s pro-opposition media considers these reports to be the country’s magnetic resonance imaging, allowing an accurate picture of Turkey to be seen. The pro-government media regards these reports as aiming to blackwash Ankara’s reputation. The latest report is not much different […]

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US attempt to weaponize sea against China brings unprecedented maritime challenges

Wu Shicun The Shangri-La Dialogue resumed from June 10 to 12 in Singapore following a two-year hiatus. Judging from the deliveries of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the security forum, as well as some related information, the maritime environment surrounding China is set to experience new characteristics […]

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Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee: Diplomat queen has helped UK overcome the pain of history

Alistair Burt The UK this weekend celebrates the unprecedented achievement of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee with genuine affection and warmth. Whatever the questions surrounding other elements of the UK constitution at present — and indeed the prospects for the monarchy itself, as set out by Andrew Hammond in his Arab News piece of May […]

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Talking China down will again fall flat

Wang Wen Recently, many international financial institutions have continued to downgrade China’s economic growth forecasts. Badmouthing China is not something new, and China’s economy is indeed facing a lot of downward pressure due to factors like the COVID-19 epidemic. But objectively speaking, these pessimistic opinions are based on either groundless accusations or exaggeration to deliberately […]

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COVID-19 pandemic’s innovation lessons for the climate crisis

Antonio Andreoni & Rainer Quitzow While the COVID-19 crisis has brought much suffering and many socioeconomic burdens, it has also shown how targeted cooperation between the state and business can speed innovation. Addressing the climate crisis calls for similarly creative collaboration. In both cases, accelerating innovation and experimenting with local solutions is necessary but not […]

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Monkeypox is a political issue that requires facts, not hype

Dr Theodore karasik The monkeypox outbreak is drawing attention from international medical surveillance professionals and health practitioners because of key elements present in this latest event, originating from the African continent. Indeed, the international environment is heated and weary of disease and warfare. News reports say that about 130 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox, […]

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Governments must work to make labor markets more resilient

Sara Al-Mulla If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that bolstering resilience should be a priority for governments in the coming years. In an unfortunate series of events, what began as a localized outbreak quickly rippled around the globe, unfolding rapidly and creating devastating economic chasms that burdened social protection and healthcare […]

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Long-term challenge for developing countries to guard own values against Westernization

Ding Gang Thirty-six years after his father was deposed, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of former Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos, is set to be the next president of the Philippines. Before the presidential election even began, the Western media rushed to label it a decision of the democratic future. The New York Times called […]

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Widening trust gap key reason to our inability to make global decisions

Ding Gang There are reasons why some countries, especially some large developing countries, haven’t joined the US and the EU in sanctioning Russia. For example, India, Indonesia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil, and of course China. The West has portrayed their unprecedented sanctions against Russia as a democratic struggle against totalitarianism and […]

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China-Pakistan friendship: We must not let our vision be blocked by floating clouds

Wang Xu Pakistan is the only all-weather strategic cooperative partner of China. The political instability in Pakistan is always a cause for concern. However, with the time-honored history and solid foundation of friendship, and having just celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties, the two countries are confident enough to maintain […]

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Why Twitter matters and what Musk’s buyout might mean

Kerry Boyd Anderson Elon Musk’s plan to purchase Twitter and take the company private has prompted speculation about the social media platform’s future. Musk has offered $44 billion for Twitter, raising questions about the company’s value and sparking concerns that he will roll back content moderation policies. A fundamental question underlies the controversy that often […]

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Pressure on Johnson grows as Tories humbled in local elections

Zaid M. Belbagi Amid a cost of living crisis, recurring scandals and a mixed response to the pandemic, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party was always ripe for defeat in last week’s local elections. After 12 years in Downing Street, polling gave the public an important opportunity to register their disappointment with the current government. London’s affluent […]

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Talk is vital for mutual understanding, but China won’t hesitate to fight back West’s smear

Wang Wen Because of my occupation, I often come into contact with many foreigners. Recently, I participated in many webinars with think tanks from the US and Europe, and also communicated with diplomats from a number of Western embassies in China. They put forward some common views on sensitive issues such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict […]

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New e-invoicing system in KSA

Dimah Talal Al-Sharif Saudi Arabia’s newly implemented electronic invoicing system aims to transform the issuing of paper invoices and notices into an electronic process. The electronic invoicing system allows the exchange of invoices, debit and credit notices, and all their related processes to take place in an electronic format between the seller and the buyer. […]

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Some Western countries want to utilize UN system as a tool against Russia

Mu Lu “Russia should lose its permanent seat on the UN Security Council,” Dave Sharma, a member of Australia’s House of Representatives who chairs the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, recently said in an article in Nikkei Asia, saying “Moscow has voided its moral claim to such a privilege.” Previously, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s […]

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The fight against climate change must include greener fossil fuels

Fuad Al-Zayer The UN’s third Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was published earlier this month with a stark warning that climate change is causing more frequent severe storms, floods, droughts, wildfires, and other extreme weather events. It said that current plans by governments around the world to address climate change are not enough to limit […]

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