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

China chairs UN Convention on Biological Diversity

China currently holds the rotating Presidency of the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). This is the first time China has overseen a major UN intergovernmental negotiation on the environment. The first meeting in the current … Continue reading China chairs UN Convention on Biological Diversity

China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

In November 2019 the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China published a report titled China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change. The stated aim of the report was to help “interested people fully understand … Continue reading China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change

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?

China’s power supply, energy structure tested in extreme drought amid transition to cleaner energy future

Galvanizing energy tests As the rare triple-dip La Nina treks the globe leaving behind it extreme weather phenomena and disasters, some regions in southern China are experiencing a severe drought that only happens once in decades, which has challenged the country’s power supply and storage system. Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, which largely relies on hydropower, has been facing the severest difficulties in history in ensuring power supply in recent weeks due a triad of challenges of extreme high temperatures, record low precipitation, and high power demands in the same period.  Moreover, by mid-August, about 12.32 million mu (821,333 hectares) of … Continue reading China’s power supply, energy structure tested in extreme drought amid transition to cleaner energy future

Thailand and Malaysia plan rail network to connect ASEAN countries with China

VIENTIANE — Thailand’s Transport Ministry is working with its Malaysian partner to develop a high-speed rail (HSR) network that will connect four member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China, according to a media report. The … Continue reading Thailand and Malaysia plan rail network to connect ASEAN countries with China

Blaming China and other developing countries for climate change ‘is simply racist’

‘Time to call a spade a spade ….’ In response to our article posted on another Facebook environmental site commenting on how China leads the world in green energy, a US reader from New York in the USA commented: “It … Continue reading Blaming China and other developing countries for climate change ‘is simply racist’

Synergy between China’s BRI and Indonesia’s GMF (Global Maritime Fulcrum) sees 60% trade growth

The following was originally published by the Global Times on 19 May 2022. GT Editor’s Note: While the global situation has been under the shadow of the pandemic and the geopolitical conflicts, current bilateral relations, trade and investment cooperation between China and Indonesia is bucking the trend, with China consolidating its position as Indonesia’s largest trading partner for nine consecutive years, and bilateral trade volume in 2021 increasing by nearly 60 percent year-on-year. China’s investment in various fields in Indonesia have seen a substantive growth. Major cooperation projects, including the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway Project, the “Two Countries Twin Parks” program … Continue reading Synergy between China’s BRI and Indonesia’s GMF (Global Maritime Fulcrum) sees 60% trade growth

Emerging technologies to hasten China’s renewable power revolution

Electricity generation remains China’s major source of CO2 emissions. China Daily reports: Digital technology will play an important role in Chinese power generation enterprises’ transition to a low carbon world by enabling emissions reductions, according to a recently released report. Digitalization tools, including the internet of things, 5G, smart grids and distributed energy resources, along with the electrification of end uses, will play a vital role in the power sector’s structural change from a system based on fossil fuel-powered generation toward one based on variable renewable energy modalities, according to a white paper on the net-zero digital transformation of Chinese … Continue reading Emerging technologies to hasten China’s renewable power revolution

For China are heat waves are the ‘new normal’ under climate change?

It’s not a mirage. Across China, heat waves are becoming more frequent, lasting longer, and getting hotter — with deadly consequences. For more than a month, much of China has been blanketed by extreme heat. From June 16 to July … Continue reading For China are heat waves are the ‘new normal’ under climate change?