Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

China-India Ties, Opportunity in the 'Asia Pivot,' South Korea's Balancing Act, Young Japanese Farmers, GMOs in China

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

China-India Ties, Opportunity in the 'Asia Pivot,' South Korea's Balancing Act, Young Japanese Farmers, GMOs in China

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The Times of India / MumbaiTies with China should be strengthened"New Delhi would do well to adopt a calibrated approach to China's Silk Road Economic Belt initiative to boost trade and connectivity," states an editorial. "Chinese expertise in building infrastructure would certainly help India while inflow of Chinese investments can counter the yawning trade deficit. Beijing too should facilitate better Indian access to Chinese markets, especially in ... [sectors] such as IT and pharmaceuticals.... [T]here's an urgent need to bridge the serious information deficit between people of the two countries. Despite ancient cultural linkages, we know very little about each other.... [C]ooperation between India and China ... [could] propel the common dream of an Asian century."

Taipei Times / Taipei City, TaiwanAsia pivot brings opportunities for Taiwan"After a decade of antiterrorism efforts concentrated on Central Asia and the Middle East, the US has become an active player in shaping the balance of power between India and China...," writes Joseph Tse-hei Lee. "Indian policymakers always view China as an interloper in South Asia, an external power that challenges India's natural sphere of influence. As a rising power, China perceives South Asia as a legitimate area for flexing its muscles against India and the US. In response ... India has pursued security relations with China's neighbors in the Pacific Ocean, especially Taiwan, Vietnam and Japan.... Although the future is contingent upon many circumstantial factors, the US pivot toward South Asia has opened a new door for Taiwan to reset its diplomatic agenda and to boost its business and cultural ties with India."

The Korea Herald / Seoul, South KoreaSouth Korea's challenge of balancing between world powers"Korea now finds itself in an awkward position in discussing free trade schemes with the world's two largest economies - the U.S. and China...," states an editorial. "Korea had dragged its feet on deciding whether to join the U.S.- led Trans-Pacific Partnership while engaging in trade talks with China. Seoul officials seemed particularly worried about disrupting China's push for its own version of a regional bloc named the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. …

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