Commentary: Joint scientific research by China and Africa can strongly promote the development of the African continent. It is also necessary to establish greater China-Africa relations to broaden trade channels, such as ones for natural resources
Commentary: The parties involved in the Tunis talks were willing to respect the truce but little inclined to make political concessions to their counterparts. Uncertainty hangs over the Libyan peace process in which the role of the national players is often influenced and manipulated by the various international sponsors
Commentary: If Singapore wants to control its own power in the Strait of Malacca, it must contain and curb China. Without the Strait of Malacca, there would be no maritime center absorbing the surrounding commercial and financial forces.
Commentary: From Libya to Armenia, from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, the Turkish leader keeps on trying to play a leading role, with the support of his friends in Doha. The two "friends of hard times" are becoming increasingly aggressive but probably even weaker.
Commentary: Financial flows in search of secrecy or fleeing corporate taxation increase inequalities and vulnerability to crises and cause unquantifiable political damage. Meanwhile this capital shrouded by banking secrecy infiltrates Western political systems and destabilizes them as poverty and unemployment increase
Commentary: UN-brokered talks aimed at ending the civil war get underway, but for a number of reasons, including the long shadows of the external sponsors of the two main warring factions, the road to peace will not be paved with roses
Commentary: The world's largest oil buyer has diversified its imports, and Africa now provides over a quarter of the total as a number of leading Chinese companies ramp up their investments in the region
Commentary: A survey shows a significant change this year in the way Arab citizens in Israel identify themselves. According to the findings, Israel's minorities define themselves mainly as Israeli, and half of them identify themselves as Arab-Israeli