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The Young Filipinos Studying Clean Energy in China

By Niu Yuhan Training projects are benefiting the renewable energy sectors of Belt and Road countries, but expansion will require funding. “In three years, I want to be a renewable energy engineer, using the skills ...

Copper, Pragmatism, and Going Green: A History of Chile-China Relations

By John Bartlett Chile was China’s first ally in South America, and the two have become important trade partners. Now, relations are moving into a new phase of green cooperation and investment. It has been ...

China’s Promises of a Green Future Raises More Questions Than Answers

For the climate-minded, this week’s report from the Boston Global Development Policy Center about trends in Chinese energy finance made for sobering reading. Of the $251 billion China Development Bank and China Exim Bank provided for energy projects between 2000 and 2022, ...

Where’s the Green? New Research Raises Doubts About China Investments in Sustainable Energy

At the Belt and Road Forum in October, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech was peppered with the word “green.” He committed China to numerous green initiatives, including “green infrastructure, green energy and green transportation.” The problem is that China’s global energy ...

China’s Belt & Road Checks May Get Smaller, But Indonesia Can Still Get Plenty

After complaints surrounding debt and environmental woes, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is finally changing. At the Belt and Road Forum this week, China announced that the BRI will now be “Small but Smart”, aiming to fund smaller-sized projects that are greener.  ...

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 ...

West’s Delays in Financing Indonesia’s Just Energy Transition Provides New Opening for China

Indonesia decided last month to delay launching an investment plan for the $20 billion Western-sponsored climate funding, known as the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP). This delay shows us several things. First, the problematic nature of how our leaders are handling the issue of energy transition, and ...

Chinese Company Expands Footprint in South Africa’s Energy Sector With New Solar Project

One of China’s biggest companies, the Fortune 500-listed PowerChina, is establishing itself among energy sector players seeking to offer solutions to the crippling blackouts predicted to last until 2027 in South Africa. The country is seeking to transition to ...

10 Years and a Trillion Dollars Later, the BRI Turns Green

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) crossed a number of critical milestones in the first half of the year that seem to demonstrate President Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy initiative is still going strong despite concerns over debt sustainability. 102 deals ...

Chinese State Firm’s Growing Presence in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Sector as Coal Power Disappoints

Pinggao, a subsidiary of the world’s largest power company, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), is investing in South Africa's renewable energy sector as circumstances push the country towards renewable energy options from its reliance on coal-generated electricity. In its ...

Kenya’s First Chinese-Funded, Built Geothermal Energy Plant Paves Way for More Similar Projects

Chinese funding and technology could help accelerate Kenya’s geothermal electricity generation helping the country shift entirely to renewable energy. The first Chinese-funded privately-owned power-producing company in Kenya, Sosian Energy, will start feeding electricity generated from geothermal steam into the grid ...
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