Opinion / Web Comments

Should Libya pay the same price as Iraq?

[2011-03-28 17:30]

The military action by Western powers against Libya is fast losing its moral ground – if there were any – more than one week after the first round of airstrikes.

'Real victims' of global imbalances

[2011-03-25 10:24]

Few economic challenges in recent times have perplexed international economists and policymakers quite as much as the persistent global imbalances between the world's major economies.

Libya intervention: Driven by oil or humanitarianism?

[2011-03-24 11:27]

The massive air raid "Operation Odyssey Dawn," led by the United States, United Kingdom and France, against Libya has brought the North African nation once again under the spotlight.

Only rapid response can quash rumors

[2011-03-23 14:06]

In the face of catastrophe people tend to feel small, vulnerable and helpless. And when the situation is uncertain, the absence of authentic information through authoritative channels compounds their anxiety, leaving them susceptible to rumors.

Libya: Back to the future

[2011-03-22 09:21]

The talk about Gadhafi's committing "unspeakable atrocities" sounds similar to accusations against Saddam Hussein of developing weapons of mass destruction a few years ago. The world was fooled then, and let us pray that tragedy will not befall Libya this time.

A good opportunity for China's green housing

[2011-03-18 16:20]

As China has decided to build 10 million apartments every year in the following three years for those who cannot afford the market price, it is really a good chance to construct ecologically friendly, energy-efficient ones.

Facing disasters, we are all human

[2011-03-16 15:20]

Bearing the recent history between China and Japan in mind, we often view each other with ambivalent attitudes, to say the least. But the candles lit, the vigils held and the tears shed for the ordinary lives have told a totally different, yet not unexpected, story,

China's peaceful, confident role

[2011-03-16 14:45]

China is increasingly self-confident and peaceful in foreign affairs, and China has the ability to deal with all kinds of issues. Such praise can often be heard in interviews of foreigners in recent years.

"I am Chinese"

[2011-03-11 14:47]

The mission described as China's largest-scale evacuation is really impressive. I had the opportunity to participate in the rescue efforts, a once-in-a-lifetime experience I will never forget.

A slowing Chinese economy?

[2011-03-10 09:17]

Chinese officials warn that their economy is poised to slow. In late February, Premier Wen Jiabao announced that the target for annual GDP growth over the next five years is 7%.

Readers' Comments: What about inflation?

The EU's band-aid on a bullet hole

[2011-03-08 10:43]

Is the euro crisis any closer to a resolution? Europe's leaders have promised to devise by the end of this month a comprehensive package. Unfortunately, they are unlikely to succeed, because most of the elements of the package revealed so far address the symptoms of the crisis, not its underlying causes.

Machiavellian economics

[2011-03-04 16:57]

When is it legitimate to lie? Can lying ever be virtuous? In the Machiavellian tradition, lying is sometimes justified by reference to the higher needs of political statecraft, and sometimes by the claim that the state, as an embodiment of the public good, represents a higher level of morality.