Why China’s first solar-powered, semi-satellite drone is a big deal

In a big step toward green development, China has built its first solar-powered large unmanned aerial vehicle. The drone successfully carried out its maiden flight on Saturday. It took off from an airport in Yulin, northwest China’s Shaanxi province and landed smoothly after 26 minutes airborne with all systems operating normally, according to a report in state-run Global Times. How does the drone use solar energy? The Qimingxing-50 (Morning Star) is the country’s first major unmanned aerial vehicle platform that is all-electric and solely powered by solar energy. It is also the first high-altitude, low-speed drone with an ultrahigh aspect ratio … Continue reading Why China’s first solar-powered, semi-satellite drone is a big deal

US security agencies control American social media: Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova published a post on her Telegram channel which claimed FBI and other US security agencies secretly control American social media giants. The claim follows a recent interview with Mark Zuckerberg, in which the Facebook CEO acknowledged such influence in recent appearance on The Joe Rogan podcast.  “if the FBI come to us and tell us we need to be on guard about something, then I want to take that seriously” [Mark Zuckerberg] According to the Russian diplomat, Facebook’s CEO recounted how FBI operatives had visited him ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections, asking … Continue reading US security agencies control American social media: Maria Zakharova

What does extreme heat tell us about global climate?

China recently braved its strongest heatwave. Europe is also suffering from heatwaves and the worst drought in 500 years. What’s behind the high temperatures? And what does this extreme heat tell us about global climate change? What is going to be the impact on agriculture and food security? “A a very important facet is that in terms of food, more than 50 percent of the global strategic reserve of food are in China. The Chinese government has taken the pains of accumulating grain reserves so as to be able to address exactly the type of issues which are beginning to … Continue reading What does extreme heat tell us about global climate?

Washington’s sanctions on Chinese solar panels: US domestic deployment falls by 50% – global prices up by 30-40%

The US publication pv magazine reported on 16 August 2022 that a large quantity of Chinese solar panels had been seized by US customs authorities. The seizure were carried out under US anti-China legislation, the so-called “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act” (UFLPA). The legislation is one of many US government actions designed to wage economic warfare against China and to undermine adoption of affordable renewable energy. The US is both the world’s largest producer and the largest consumer of oil, and has the world’s highest per capita emissions of CO2. The pv magazine cited US industry sources had reported that … Continue reading Washington’s sanctions on Chinese solar panels: US domestic deployment falls by 50% – global prices up by 30-40%

Marxism’s new vitality in 21st century – Xi Jinping to World Marxist Political Parties Forum in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday 28 July 2022 that Marxism has been showing new vitality in the 21st century, calling on all Marxist political parties to make the theory more relevant to the national conditions and the times. Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory message to the Communist Party of China (CPC) and World Marxist Political Parties Forum in Beijing. Marxism is an open, developing theory, said Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. Only when it is adapted to each country’s specific condition can it take root in a country, and only when it … Continue reading Marxism’s new vitality in 21st century – Xi Jinping to World Marxist Political Parties Forum in Beijing

Indonesia champions shift to clean energy

With G20 presidency, country aims to push for more action on climate change Indonesia has flagged its strong commitment to curbing emissions, with its plans to reduce reliance on fossil fuels likely to resonate with fellow members of the G20 group of nations at a summit in Bali where climate action is expected to be high on the agenda. Upon Indonesia taking over the G20 presidency late last year, President Joko Widodo vowed “inclusive, people-oriented, environmentally friendly and sustainable growth” for his country, the largest in Southeast Asia. He spoke of Indonesia becoming a driving force for collaboration on efforts … Continue reading Indonesia champions shift to clean energy

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan BRI rail project – construction to start in 2023

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan (CKU) railway, which has been in the planning stage for two decades, has finally received the go-ahead. When completed, the railway will be the shortest route to transport goods from China to Europe and the Middle East, cutting the freight journey by 900 kilometers and saving seven to eight days in shipping time. The project to connect the three countries by railway goes back to 1997 and thus predates the Belt and Rod Initiative. The project did not proceed at that time in part due to internal political instability in Kyrgyzstan between 2005 and 2010. However, after the … Continue reading China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan BRI rail project – construction to start in 2023

Montenegro opens Chinese-built priority section of Bar–Boljare Highway

Montenegro’s Chinese-built priority section of the Bar–Boljare Highway was ceremonially opened on Wednesday’s (13 July 2022) Statehood Day celebration near the capital of Podgorica. The Bar–Boljare Highway will connect Montenegro’s more developed south with its underdeveloped north, and forms part of the envisioned Corridor XI linking Montenegro with Italy, Serbia, and Romania. A public call for tenders by the Montenegro Government in 2008 to build a priority section of the highway failed to move the plan forward. The project began moving only in 2014, when the Montenegro Government agreed on a credit arrangement with the Export–Import Bank of China (China … Continue reading Montenegro opens Chinese-built priority section of Bar–Boljare Highway

Chinese-constructed mega railway in Malaysia 30% completed

Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) is a key venture of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with Malaysia. The project is primarily funded by a loan from China’s state-owned Export-Import (EXIM) Bank. Given Malaysia’s close economic relationship with China, which is its largest trade partner, the country has appeared as a BRI focal point. The rail line is scheduled to commence operation by 2027. BRI Monitor The construction of the 655-kilometer ECRL project, undertaken by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), has been progressing steadily, with 30 percent of the work completed by May. Excavation work has also commenced on the … Continue reading Chinese-constructed mega railway in Malaysia 30% completed