China proposes 6 programs with Mekong-basin countries

China on Monday 4 July 2022 proposed six programs which will benefit the Lancang-Mekong countries aside from China, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, including cooperation plans in agriculture, water resources, digital economy, aerospace, education, and public health, as Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (LMC) in Bagan, Myanmar. The meeting came after the US’ high-profile launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), seen by experts as an empty move that lacks sustainability and substance, which is in stark contrast to the pragmatic LMC cooperation mechanism that has borne fruitful … Continue reading China proposes 6 programs with Mekong-basin countries

Professor Jeffrey Sachs on COVID-19: I’m pretty convinced it came out of US lab biotechnology

World-renowned economist and author Professor Jeffrey Sachs has said that he was “pretty convinced” Covid-19 did not come from nature but rather was an accidental release “out of US lab biotechnology.” Professor Sach’s view lends further support for the need for an independent international invesigation into US bio labs run by the US military in numerous nations surrounding China and Russia. [** See previous China Environment Net articles linked below]. Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who for two years chaired the Covid-19 commission established by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, has said he is convinced that the deadly virus did not … Continue reading Professor Jeffrey Sachs on COVID-19: I’m pretty convinced it came out of US lab biotechnology

China’s Belt & Road Initiative, the BRICS New Development Bank, and the failure of the G7 to deliver

๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ญ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: Two of the BRICS member states were invited to the G7 summit as guests. What does in mean for our interests? Does it mean that the West is beginning to … Continue reading China’s Belt & Road Initiative, the BRICS New Development Bank, and the failure of the G7 to deliver

China at the centre of the worldโ€™s politics

The following is reproduced from Think China, 29 Jun 2022. The views expressed are those of the author. Former Singaporean journalist Goh Choon Kang observes that whether it is the discussions at the recently concluded Shangri-La Dialogue or the larger machinations of geopolitics, it cannot be denied that having China in the picture changes many things, and perhaps even provides countries with more strategic options. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) was held in Singapore from 10-12 June. From a purely bystandersโ€™ view, it was an exciting event that reiterated the SLDโ€™s role as … Continue reading China at the centre of the worldโ€™s politics

South-South cooperation: China helps 38 developing countries vulnerable to climate change to face challenges of green transition

China takes concrete action to tackle global warming through cooperation. The past two months have seen China taking a series of concrete actions to enhance South-South climate cooperation, namely projects among developing nations. Small island states, which are particularly vulnerable to global warming, are among China’s major concerns. China has reached 43 agreements with 38 countries on South-South climate cooperation, according to a recent article by the ministry’s Party chief Sun Jinlong in the magazine Contemporary World. Aside from allocating 1.2 billion yuan ($178 million) for such cooperation, Sun said, China has offered training programs to about 2,000 officials and … Continue reading South-South cooperation: China helps 38 developing countries vulnerable to climate change to face challenges of green transition

Chinese energy giant PetroChina considers selling its Western holdings

PetroChina may withdraw from Australian and Canadian projects, according to reports in Reuters. PetroChina may sell its stakes in natural gas projects in Australia and oil sands in Canada, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing its sources. The Chinese company reportedly wants to cut its losses and divert funds to sites in the Middle East, Africa, and central Asia. This follows a similar strategic shift by another Chinese energy major, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) which was preparing to exit its operations in Britain, Canada, and the US due to concerns that the assets could become subject to Western sanctions. … Continue reading Chinese energy giant PetroChina considers selling its Western holdings

BRICS to expand green energy, digital cooperation in bid to boost sustainable development

Closer ties among developing nations help tackle global issues: expert BRICS countries will strengthen cooperation in a wide range of fields, including the digital economy, energy and the green economy, according to the BRICS Summit Beijing Declaration released on 23 June 2022, which reaffirmed the commitment to tackling climate change and fostering sustainable growth. In an initiative released at the BRICS Business Forum 2022 on Wednesday night, the BRICS business community also pledged to expand cooperation in green energy and the digital economy. In a clear sign of BRICS’ expanding ties with other emerging market economies and developing nations, an … Continue reading BRICS to expand green energy, digital cooperation in bid to boost sustainable development

Inner Mongolia: China’s first 1000 MW grade onshore wind power project starts operating

A giant onshore wind power project with a generation capacity of one million kilowatts (1000 MW) was put into operation after being connected to the national power grid for electric power supply in the Xing’an League of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Wednesday 29 June 2022. Built by the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), the first 1 million-kilowatt project, which is a mountainous wind farm, is capable of generating more than three billion kWh on-grid electricity annually. It can save more than 920,000 tonnes of standard coal and reduce nearly 2.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions … Continue reading Inner Mongolia: China’s first 1000 MW grade onshore wind power project starts operating

China completes construction of Zimbabwe’s new parliament building

Source: Xinhua, 2022-06-30. Gretinah Machingura, Tafara Mugwara     Zimbabwe’s new parliament building, constructed and fully funded by China as a gift to the southern African country, is now complete and ready for occupation. It took 42 months to complete the … Continue reading China completes construction of Zimbabwe’s new parliament building