Strategic observation

Feature: Begging Syrian kids easy prey for sex, homosexuality, drugs

2017-10-28 23:13:30

Instead of sitting behind desks and wearing uniforms to study, street kids in Damascus stand at traffic lights and gather in gardens to practice begging, an effortless job that demands nothing but a sad, sooted face and chubby clothes to stir the emotions Full Story

Interview: APEC summit to bring regional cooperation closer to people, businesses: Vietnamese official

2017-10-28 22:33:14

The upcoming 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week in Vietnam is expected to become a milestone in the bloc's cooperation, bringing it closer to people and enterprises, a senior Vietnamese official has said. Full Story

News Analysis: Strong demand for China's dollar bond shows investor confidence

2017-10-28 10:20:23

International investors piled into a U.S.-dollar-denominated bond offering from China, with orders more than 11 times the deal size, showing international investors' confidence in China's economic development and financial health. Full Story

Interview: After Raqqa, U.S.-backed forces eye eastern bank of Euphrates River in Syria's Deir al-Zour

2017-10-27 22:47:08

The spokesman of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said their goal is to take areas on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River from the Islamic State (IS), as the river would be the separation line between the SDF and the Syrian army in the e Full Story

News Analysis: As IS shifts to Africa, no major changes on horizon for U.S. anti-terror policy

2017-10-27 14:19:21

Terror groups are shifting their focus from the Middle East to Africa, but Washington is likely to continue to employ the same broad anti-terror strategy going forward, although there may be some tweaks, U.S. experts said. Full Story

News Analysis: Italy's controversial confidence votes promote quick birth of electoral reform

2017-10-27 05:47:39

Italy's government this week used five separate confidence votes to pass an electoral reform plan over opposition from one leading party and concerns that the strategy of passing legislation by using such votes may ultimately be undemocratic. Full Story

Economic Watch: Brisk tourism, trade cement China-Thailand ties

2017-10-27 00:05:34

For those living in the drier parts of inland China, spending more than 10 hours on flights for a subtropical seaside vacation in Thailand is becoming a thing of the past. Full Story

News Analysis: Tillerson's Mideast tour aims at containing Iran's growing influence, but with limited results

2017-10-26 02:14:03

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's just-concluded tour to the Middle East aimed at containing the expansion of influence by its top adversary Iran, but with limited results. Full Story

Spotlight: European Parliament votes to strengthen EU border security

2017-10-26 02:04:02

New measures to strengthen security at the European Union (EU)'s external borders and speed-up entry and exit checks have been given the green light Wednesday by the European Parliament during its plenary session in Strasbourg. Full Story

News Analysis: Abe's "win by default" indicates bumpy road ahead

2017-10-25 22:07:20

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's dominance of the political scene will probably carry on after his ruling camp won a two-thirds "supermajority" in Sunday's lower house election, local analysts said. Full Story