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WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden to Attend Next Week’s G20 Summit in Bali

Indonesian President Joko Widodo confirmed that both Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden will attend next week's G20 summit in Bali but said it's still not certain if Russian leader Vladimir Putin will be there. President Xi will spend much of next week traveling in ...

China Will “Strongly Support” Climate Compensation, But Not With Actual Money

China will support a mechanism to compensate poor countries for the loss and damage associated with climate change, but it won’t contribute any cash. That was the main takeaway from a press conference by Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief delegate to the COP27 climate summit ...

China and the Global South: What to Watch at COP27

By Cecilia Springer This week, delegations from around the world are convening in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for the annual 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP27. With Egypt hosting, this year’s climate ...

Climate, Geopolitics Greatest Threats to African Development: Study

For Africa to achieve its development potential, it needs uninterrupted cooperation with the United States, Europe, and China. This is a key finding of a recent set of future projections by the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa.  ...

The Wider Implications of Europe’s Quest for African Natural Gas”?

It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that one of the most important tools for making it through these times is a capacity for grim amusement.  Without it, one would simply be crushed by something like the recent UN ...

New Data Provides a Snapshot of China’s Global Power Plants One Year After Xi’s No-Coal Announcement

By Cecilia Springer and Hua-Ke (Kate) Chi Ahead of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference known as COP27, and one year on from Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s announcement that China would step up support for green and low-carbon energy and not ...

Exposed: The Asian Companies Ruining West Africa’s Forests

West and Central Africa house some of the world’s last remaining old-growth rainforests. Asian timber companies are now driving widespread irresponsible logging, leaving ruined ecosystems in their wake.  However, simply blaming ‘China’ for this destruction is unrealistic. The environmental ...

Undercutting the Amazon? Deregulation in the Wake of South America’s Chinese Investment Boom

By Rebecca Ray As Brazilians head to the polls at the end of this month for a presidential runoff between current President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, one of the many issues on the table is management of the Amazon rainforest. ...

The New Cold War Raises Climate Fears

The U.S.-China relationship's long slide into enemy-ship has now been formalized: we're in a new cold war. This isn't news exactly, but the way the Biden administration made this division the main structuring principle of its new National Security Strategy is ...

China Releases Climate Plan Focusing Heavily on Global South

China has released a new concept note  on climate cooperation in the runup to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (known as COP27) taking place in Egypt in November.  The document suggests areas ...
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