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  1. Will new national energy agency be just another toothless body?

    Posted Feb 01st 2010, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... strategy, review energy security and co-ordinate international co-operation. This is not the first time that the mainland leadership have attempted to create a powerful agency to oversee energy ... Wang Xiangwei After more than two years of bureaucratic wrangling, the mainland leadership last week announced the establishment of the National Energy Commission (NEC). Energy analysts ...

  2. Helping nations to see the wood for the trees

    Posted Dec 04th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... commitments. US President-elect Barack Obama has promised to bring the US back to the table. Kyoto includes national cap and trade systems that allow countries and companies to achieve reductions ... contributes about 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity and most of it occurs in forest-rich developing nations in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. Any international ...

  3. The template for a thoroughly modern nation

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... them is illegal.' The drafting of China's Five-Year Programme for National Economic and Social Development, as it is now formally known, usually begins more than two years ahead ... Party's Central Committee this week. Lin, 70, who retired from a municipal planning agency in Guangdong about a decade ago, said the changes in drafting the five-year plans reflected not only ...

  4. 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 ... there is need for improvement is in broaching their disagreements. China's policy on its currency's exchange rate is among the biggest bones of contention for the US. The US military presence ...

  5. Sino-US talks set direction for recovery

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

    ... Securities, said. The economic talks were led by Vice-Premier Wang Qishan and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Jin Canrong, deputy dean of the International Studies School at Renmin University, ... sustainable and balanced recovery. Both nations offered a picture of harmony, with Beijing pledging to work towards a key US goal that it seek domestic-consumption-led growth to reduce its reliance ...

  6. Nations not close to preventing dangerous climate change

    Posted Feb 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of plants and animals is threatened. Large contributors to global warming like the European Union and the US can and must do more. Doubling its reduction target to 40 per cent by 2020 would allow the EU to exert fresh leverage on the stalled international process. Similarly, the US should aim to reduce its emissions by at least 25 per cent. The engagement of leading developing countries ...

  7. Bright Prosperous secures deal to supply timber to China Flooring

    Posted Jan 07th 2010, 12:00am by Amanda Lee

    ... Amanda Lee Building materials group Bright Prosperous Holdings is tapping the country's growing demand for hardwood after securing a long-term timber sale and purchase agreement ... Prosperous expects to supply US$1.09 million worth of timber every month to China Flooring. Depending on the quality of the wood, the price per cubic metre varies from US$480 to US$1,700. Fletcher ...

  8. New rule on sale aimed at nation's farmland reserve

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... is a serious challenge that China has to face,' said Xavier Wong, director and head of research at Knight Frank. 'Farmland security is a strategic concern of the mainland government ... reported in March. One mu is equivalent to 670 square metres. The new rules will exempt national projects, including military projects and a pipeline to transfer natural gas from Xinjiang ...

  9. Biofuel can help nations curb effects of global warming

    Posted May 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Crude oil prices keep setting new records. Goldman Sachs has raised its forecast for oil prices in the second quarter to reach US$141 a barrel. While everyone is blaming speculators ... the world should act now to help combat climate change, by reducing the amount of oil their nations use. H. Y. Tsang, Sai Kung ...

  10. China and US must build on Clinton's visit

    Posted Feb 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and place for such dialogue; a courtesy call by a new foreign minister is neither. Sino-US relations are complex. The two nations' economies are closely linked and it is essential that common ... US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's challenge is repairing her country's battered ties with the world. She got off to a good start during her first foreign trip; she ...




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