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  1. Beijing opens door on climate transparency

    Posted Nov 24th 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing China's top climate official has dismissed criticism that the success of global climate talks hinges on Beijing's willingness to be more transparent about its domestic emissions reduction efforts. 'China has absolutely no problem on the issue of emissions transparency,' Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of the National Development ...

  2. Keeping the supply lines open

    Posted May 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Andrea Zavadszky

    ... Andrea Zavadszky China's per capita water reserves are only about one quarter of the global average. Of 670 of its major cities, 440 regularly suffer moderate to serious water ... by urbanisation and industrialisation, conservationists say. But according to Wen Tiejun, head of the school of agricultural economics and rural development at Renmin University of China, agriculture ...

  3. Open inquiry needed after latest mine tragedy

    Posted Nov 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... exact a terrible toll. In this respect, modern China is often compared with an earlier era of rampant economic growth in the United States when exploitation of labour and dangerous working conditions were rife. China's official- if understated- coal-mine death toll last year, 3,215, was almost the same as America's in 1907- its worst year. By 2005 the US had reduced the toll ...

  4. Green world opens for SMEs

    Posted Dec 06th 2008, 12:00am by Prudence Lui

    ... by collaborating with green groups and strategic partners from five banks: Bank of China (Hong Kong), Dah Sing Bank, Hang Seng Bank, Bank of East Asia and HSBC. The partnership targets SMEs by providing ... championed the green initiatives from top down. However, green equipment financing is still new to the Hong Kong market. In the next few years, there will be growth as you see more lobbying in China ...

  5. China holds firm on climate change talks

    Posted Oct 05th 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... on the first day of a week-long meeting that opened in Tianjin and is aimed at laying the groundwork for the negotiating text at a summit starting in Cancun, Mexico, on November 29. China has been ... image. Speaking at the opening session, State Councillor Dai Bingguo said China had shouldered its share of the effort to deal with global warming and it was time for developed nations to take ...

  6. Is China really ready to host the Olympics?

    Posted Jul 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'Is China really ready?' So far, the answer is, at best, a qualified yes. China has made the Olympics to be more than just a celebration of sport; state leaders have made it clear that hosting the world's most prestigious event will also herald the nation's international arrival. They have made a host of promises, among them a more open society, improved human rights, ...

  7. US, China need to talk about things they can do

    Posted Jul 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The possibility of tension between China and the US is ever-present. Differences on a host of issues lurk just beneath the surface; as has been repeatedly shown, the smallest misstep can ... and openness. Talking is essential to easing the strains. Issues of mutual interest have to be on the table. Beijing and Washington have thankfully come round to the talking part with gusto; where ...

  8. Sino-US talks set direction for recovery

    Posted Jul 30th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... on exports. Washington offered to cut its trade deficit, which would help guarantee the safety of China's massive investment in the US. They also pledged to work for a more open global trade and investment system, and jointly fight protectionism- important for an early recovery from the global economic downturn. 'China will rebalance towards domestic-demand-led growth,' Mr Geithner ...

  9. Transparency required on defence spending

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in military spending could be nearer 25 per cent. China is not alone in treating certain military spending as classified information. But there is, arguably, more room for open debate about whether ... The military's role in the emergency evacuation of foreigners from civil-war-torn Libya demonstrated the increasing operational capacity and reach of China's armed forces. ...

  10. Climate caps don't work for China

    Posted Dec 07th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang, Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao and Cary Huang in Beijing When delegates gather in the Danish capital for the opening of a much-anticipated UN climate conference today, they will confront the hard reality that China, the world's top carbon emitter, is unwilling to sacrifice economic growth as part of any deal to curb greenhouse gases. China scored political points late last month when it announced ...




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