Since the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election, opinion leaders worldwide, especially those in Brussels, have been putting forward proposals on the evolution of global leadership and warning against the consequences of the United States' refusal to fulfill its global commitments.
Being assertive is not a bad thing, especially at critical times when the world is confronted with various crises. In fact, we are in extreme need of confident global leadership at this time.
The transatlantic alliance will likely experience its biggest shift for decades during Trump's presidency, if his guiding principles do not change.
It is with this shared value that the two countries will explore the upgrading of their free trade partnership by further lifting trade barriers and waiving tariffs.
At the end of 2016, China even signed its first soccer partnership with Germany, showing its determination to learn from the world's most competitive players.
On New Year's Eve, one of my best friends sent me an emotional text message saying she was lucky to have taken off from Brussels International Airport in the early hours of March 22, just a few hours before the terrorist attacks at the airport and Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. She wished us all the best for the New Year.
When describing the condition of the European Union, many are inclined to recite a long list of crises facing Europeans. Apart from the fallout from the Brexit vote, mass migrations of displaced people, terrorism, changes in leadership and other events.
When hearing US president-elect Donald Trump's recent irritating rhetoric on China, former French premier Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a veteran politician, was reminded of something similar in Europe not too long ago. It involved Nicolas Sarkozy, who served as French president from 2007 to 2012.
China and the EU have agreed to cooperate on some mega projects, such as the€315 billion ($350 billion) investment plan and the Belt and Road Initiative. Now, they need to explore another front to connect the minds of the younger generation by learning from Juncker's European Solidarity Corps.
Even the EU, with European Parliament President Martin Schulz announcing his decision to run for German chancellorship, faces a possible change in leadership and growing political uncertainty.
China's economy will grow at 6.7 percent this year, but edge down to 6.4 and 6.1 in 2017 and 2018, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said in its global economic outlook on Monday.
President Xi Jinping is a soccer fan and so is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and during the past three years, they have been making consistent efforts to expand their two countries' soccer partnership.
As a result, I see staying in China to do a doctorate program, actually doing a doctorate program in a Chinese university – a step towards bombing your own ideas. From the first day of the PhD, you would know how you will finish your PhD dissertation.
In my previous blog entry, Native Teachers Wanted... What do you mean?, I was trying to explain how unclear it is when school administrators, educators, recruiters and so-called teachers' agents use the phrase on thousands of job ads online.