China says ‘Belt and Road must align with Paris Agreement’

A new government vision document sets Paris-aligned and time-bound plan for China’s overseas investment, going beyond all the ‘guidances’ released so far. On 28 March, China published a policy document on further greening the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It is the third policy document on this theme issued by the government in less than a year, so one can be excused for finding it difficult to keep up. The new document – “Opinions on Jointly Promoting Green Development of the Belt and Road” (English translation) – was jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, and the ministries … Continue reading China says ‘Belt and Road must align with Paris Agreement’

‘The political economy of reforms and the present Chinese transition’

BACKGROUND TO CHINA’S ECONOMIC REFORMS Professors Elias Jabbour and Alexis Dantas, economists at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil published (in 2017) an important study of China’s economic reform, an is a good introduction to the issues behind the strengthening of the economic power of the Chinese state in the past 4 to 5 years. The full paper is available in English at https://doi.org/10.1590/0101-31572017v37n04a08 “In general this refutes many myths on China’s economic reform in analysing the relation of the state and the market in China’s ‘socialist market economy’. It is a good introduction for economists to the … Continue reading ‘The political economy of reforms and the present Chinese transition’

$500 million US state-sponsored anti-China propaganda

The US government constantly publishes disinformation about China and the environment. A simple on line search shows literally thousands of such “reports” from the US State Department and US Embassies around the world. These are then repeated mindlessly by Western “journalists” and “news networks” – often verbatum, always one-sided – and the same “news” regurgitated unthinkingly by hundreds of outlets in the so-called free press. These anti-China disinformation stories on China and the environment are some of the sorts of things that a “new” US State-sponsored disinformation program aims to fund. 500 million dollars. That’s the sum of money the … Continue reading $500 million US state-sponsored anti-China propaganda

Germany to re-open coal fired power plants

The following post demonstrates in startling relief the ‘moral’ hypocrisy of the West. It is pefectly ‘justifiable’ for Germany to increase coal usage in an energy emergency, but not so for China in similar circumstances? The credibility of the West on climate change is rapidly evaporating. CHINA ENVIRONMENT NET Article from RT: published as ‘Germany may reactivate coal power plants – media‘ Berlin is expected to propose an emergency plan in case Russian gas supplies stop. German Economy Minister Robert Habeck will reportedly reveal an emergency decree allowing the federal government to bring back the coal-powered and oil-fired facilities in … Continue reading Germany to re-open coal fired power plants

China to improve national wildlife protection

China will have 75 percent of its wild animals and 80 percent of its wild plants on land under the national key protection system by 2025, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said. So far, the national key wildlife protection rate has risen to 74 percent, up from 71 percent last year, the administration said. Its announcement took place on Sunday to coincide with the International Day for Biological Diversity, the theme of which this year was “Building a shared future for all life”. The administration said that China’s achievements in protecting wild animals can partly be attributed to releasing … Continue reading China to improve national wildlife protection

Longest tunnel of Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway dug through 

The Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway (HSR) in Indonesia is landmark project of the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Indonesia cooperation, as well as a national strategic project of Indonesia. With a design speed of 350 km per hour, the Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway, built with Chinese technology, will cut the journey between Jakarta and Bandung, the capital of West Java Province, from more than three hours to around 40 minutes. The longest tunnel of the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway (HSR) in Indonesia was cut through on Friday afternoon, posing a major success in the joint railway project.The Jakarta-Bandung High … Continue reading Longest tunnel of Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway dug through 

What is Bidden’s real agenda on energy?

“the reality is that the Biden is doing everything he can to sabotage the adoption of solar power across the globe” Extreme heat in 2021 has broken the famous Dust Bowl record from 1936 for the hottest summer on record in the USA. In 1936, the world observed a hot blob on a relatively cool planet. Today, we have a hot blob on a warm planet. The combination of Canada and the USA is by far the hottest year on record for these two countries. The extraordinary and mind-blowing climate change induced heatwaves which captured global attention played a crucial … Continue reading What is Bidden’s real agenda on energy?

Urbanization Policy Evolution and County Economy in China

Context Recently, China has issued guidelines for urbanization with a focus on county towns, which is an important part of China’s five-level administration (including provinces, prefecture-level cities, counties, townships, and villages). Half of China’s population lives in counties, and the majority of the rural population’s 500 million people still live in rural areas affiliated to counties. What is the aim of the new guidelines? According to Professor Wen Tiejun, it is to promote the transformation of China’s urbanization model from a mega cities orientation to an integrated urban-rural (城乡融合 chéngxiāng rónghé) model in line with the rural revitalization (乡村振兴 xiāngcūn … Continue reading Urbanization Policy Evolution and County Economy in China

Analysis: What do China’s gigantic wind and solar bases mean for its climate goals?

The following from Carbon Brief is an excellent analysis. Regardless of concerns about China’s coal burning, this shows how fast solar and wind can be built and deployed, a lesson for those in the U.S., who think it’s all fairy dust. It details an acceleration in China’s renewable energy expansion plans, driven in large part by the so-called “clean energy bases” – unprecedentedly large-scale concentrations of wind and solar power. China is set to add at least 570 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar power in the 14th five-year plan (FYP) period (2021–25), more than doubling its installed capacity in just five … Continue reading Analysis: What do China’s gigantic wind and solar bases mean for its climate goals?

The ‘National Endowment for Democracy’ – A Fact Sheet

We are pleased to republish below this comprehensive and thoroughly-researched report by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The report exposes the NED’s origins and rationale – as essentially an extension of the CIA, funded and controlled by the US government. It goes into detail, uncovering the NED’s extensive operations on behalf of US imperialism throughout the world, both in China (backing pro-independence and anti-China groups in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong) and in other countries that refuse to go along with US diktat (including Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Belarus, Libya, Syria, Algeria, and more). The … Continue reading The ‘National Endowment for Democracy’ – A Fact Sheet