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Searching for Climate Solutions In a Haze of Geopolitics

In the afternoons when I would reach for the air conditioner’s remote control, unable to go on without turning on the cooling machine, I grieve a little. I know it didn’t used to be this hot. I remember playing outside as a child at this hour. The ...

China Offers Solar Help to Blackout-Ridden South Africa

China has offered to donate solar panels and generators to South Africa to keep the lights on at key facilities like hospitals. The offer comes as green energy is increasingly emerging as a field for diplomatic engagement between Beijing and developing countries.

Backgrounder: China’s Global South Climate Diplomacy

China passed a notable milestone recently: for the first time, more than half of its installed electricity capacity came from renewable sources. This puts China far ahead of other global powers, despite the fact that China remains one of the world's largest markets for hydrocarbons. Beijing is increasingly using ...

China Commits to Palestinian Statehood

China committed to playing ‘a positive role’ in trying to resolve the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian dispute following the meeting on Wednesday between President Xi Jinping and the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. The two signed a bilateral strategic partnership which includes a ...

Graph of the Day: Where Does China’s Coal Come From?

Finland's Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air recently published a fascinating report on recent fluctuations in China's coal imports.  Imports have spiked due to politics-inflected resumptions of imports from Indonesia and Australia, as well as because of moves to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Messi Shouts Out Chinese Fans on Taobao

Argentinian football phenom Lionel Messi appealed to his Chinese fans in the most Chinese way possible: via a live appearance on the giant e-commerce platform Taobao.  Flanked by Chinese e-commerce influencers, Messi wished Chinese fans a "happy Dragon Boat Festival." While ...

New Chinese-Backed Refinery Could Help Angola Shift From Importing Petroleum Products to Becoming an Exporter

Flush with petroleum, Angola is one of the world’s largest oil producers yet still starved for energy. The problem is that the country lacks sufficient refining capacity, forcing it, like other African oil-exporting countries, to import most of its petroleum products. ...

Tensions Flare in Ancient Thai City Over New Chinese-Backed High-Speed Railway

Majestic royal palaces, serene Buddhist monasteries, and ancient sacred Buddhist relics known as stupas with intricate carvings stand in stillness, towering above a viewer gazing from the ground. This is Thailand’s Historic City of Ayutthaya: the old city north of the capital Bangkok situated in the middle of ...