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Friday, November 25, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

China's glaciers in meltdown mode: study

China's glaciers in meltdown mode: study
Paris (AFP) Oct 25, 2011 - Sharp increases in temperature driven by global warming are melting China's Himalayan glaciers, an impact that threatens habitats, tourism and economic development, says a study released Tuesday. Of 111 weather stations scattered across southwestern China, 77 percent showed significant upticks in temperatures between 1961 and 2008, according to the study, published in a British peer-reviewed ... more

Greece, China to sign new trade memorandum: ministry

Greece, China to sign new trade memorandum: ministry
Athens (AFP) Oct 24, 2011 - Greece and China will sign a trade memorandum on Monday during a visit by senior Chinese officials and conclude orders worth around 550 million euros ($766 million), the development ministry said. The head of China's national consultative assembly, Jia Qinglin, is on a five-day business trip to Greece, accompanied by deputy trade minister Zhong Shan and a large business delegation. Four ... more

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Glaciers in China shrinking with warming

Glaciers in China shrinking with warming
Beijing (UPI) Oct 21, 2011 -
Global warming is causing glaciers in southwest China, the major source of the country's largest rivers, to melt faster than ever, researchers said. Experts have been monitoring glaciers in China's Qinghai province that feed the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers since 2005, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported Friday. Researchers said a large area of the glaciers has me ... more

Top China official visits N.Korea amid talk hopes

Top China official visits N.Korea amid talk hopes
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 23, 2011 - The man widely expected to be China's next premier arrived in North Korea Sunday, amid hopes for progress on restarting six-nation talks on the North's nuclear disarmament, state media said. Li Keqiang, China's vice premier, visited the capital Pyongyang the day before the United States and North Korea are due to meet in Geneva for their second round of direct discussions aimed at reviving t ... more

Panetta praises China response to Taiwan arms sale

Panetta praises China response to Taiwan arms sale
Nusa Dua, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 23, 2011 - US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday praised China for what he said was a restrained response to an arms sale to Taiwan, saying he hoped for improved military cooperation with Beijing. "I guess I would commend them for the way that they've handled the news of that sale to Taiwan," Panetta told reporters in Indonesia, on the first stop of an Asian tour. "I think we'd given the Chin ... more

Unsettling signals


Unsettling signals
Hong Kong Standard
In the short-term, energy prices "face pressure from technical factors, disappointing German economic data and weaker Chinese GDP," Tom Pawlicki, precious metals and energy analyst at MF Global wrote in a recent report. China is the world's second ...

Buffett-Backed Carmaker Comes Late With Fewer Jobs Than Promised



Hong Kong Standard
Buffett-Backed Carmaker Comes Late With Fewer Jobs Than Promised
BusinessWeek
Initial goals for the Shenzhen, China-based company's California arrival haven't been met either in BYD jobs or indirect business created. The delays reflect a combination of construction obstacles and an electric-car market that hasn't developed as ...

Sanders: Boom: Welcome to shale gas revolution


SANDERS: Boom: Welcome to shale gas revolution
Washington Times
You would think that, what with windmill imports from China and Spain so severe that US firms are asking Congress for tariff protection and with the fiasco in solar energy subsidies, the feds and their environmentalista camp followers would back off. ...

Why is the oil price still so high?


Why is the oil price still so high?
Telegraph.co.uk
And even China is not immune, with demand for oil at its lowest level so far this year. There is no doubt that the pace of consumption is slowing. Opec, the cartel of producers, the IEA, the Energy Information Agency and numerous companies all say the ...

China trade petition divides solar industry


China trade petition divides solar industry
The Hill (blog)
The rift within the industry – which has pitted a group of seven solar panel manufacturers against major solar developers and power generators – underscores the complexity of the United States' trade relationship with China on renewable energy. ...

Toyota to Share Technology in China Wall Street Journal But now, with rivals including General Motors Co. committing to producing electric and hybrid cars in China—in part to showcase a willingness to share "new energy" technology—Toyota also has decided to produce the current-generation Prius in China, ...


Toyota to Share Technology in China
Wall Street Journal
But now, with rivals including General Motors Co. committing to producing electric and hybrid cars in China—in part to showcase a willingness to share "new energy" technology—Toyota also has decided to produce the current-generation Prius in China, ...

China to issue regional energy quotas soon: report

China to issue regional energy quotas soon: report
Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will set regional energy consumption quotas in the near future to cap demand by the world's top energy user, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing an official with the National Energy Administration (NEA). ...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hu calls for Taiwan reunification - Bangkok Post

Hu calls for Taiwan reunification - Bangkok Post

BEIJING: China's President Hu Jintao on Sunday called for Taiwan and the Chinese mainland to reunite, as he marked the 100th anniversary of the revolution that ended the nation's long imperial history. Speaking at a ceremony attended by top Communist Party ...

Non-Communist parties urged to boost soft power building - China Daily

Non-Communist parties urged to boost soft power building - China Daily

BEIJING - Hu Jintao, chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC), has expressed hope that non-Communist parties and people of influence contribute more to the country's cultural development and soft power building. Hu, general secretary of the CPC Central ...

Eyeing oil, China's Hu promises strong ties with South Sudan - msnbc.com

Eyeing oil, China's Hu promises strong ties with South Sudan - msnbc.com

BEIJING — Chinese President Hu Jintao congratulated South Sudan on its independence, promising strong ties between the two countries as China seeks to retain its access to Sudanese oil supplies. China is a major buyer of Sudanese crude oil ...

Hu stresses quality in weaponry production - China Daily

Hu stresses quality in weaponry production - China Daily

BEIJING - President Hu Jintao has urged the country's military industry to improve its quality and efficiency in weaponry research and production so as to promote the modernization of national defense and the army. Hu made the remarks in a congratulatory ...

China warns of winter power shortage

China warns of winter power shortage

Beijing (AFP) Oct 21, 2011
China has warned that the country faces another power shortage this winter as coal prices soar and a severe drought hits hydropower plants. The shortfall could reach 26 million kilowatts in the coming months, with southern and central areas hardest hit due to the lack of coal and water in those regions, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission said Thursday.

China's Wen says reform key to solving EU crisis

China's Wen says reform key to solving EU crisis

Beijing (AFP) Oct 21, 2011
China's Premier Wen Jiabao told the European Union president Friday that financial reforms were key to solving the eurozone debt crisis threatening the world economy. Wen said China, the world's second-largest economy, supported EU efforts to solve the crisis after leaders of the 17-nation bloc called a second summit for next week amid persisting disagreements over how to tackle it.

It's A Boat, It's A Plane, It's The Great Wall Of China: Part Of Symbolic Chinese Landmark Collapses from zero hedge by Tyler Durden

It's A Boat, It's A Plane, It's The Great Wall Of China: Part Of Symbolic Chinese Landmark Collapses

from zero hedge

Robert Bigelow predicts that china will claim ownership of Vast swaths of lunar territory by 2022 to 2026

Robert Bigelow predicts that china will claim ownership of Vast swaths of lunar territory by 2022 to 2026

Friday, October 21, 2011

China May Lower 2020 Nuclear Target by 10%,


China May Lower 2020 Nuclear Target by 10%, Association Says
BusinessWeek
By Guo Aibing Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- China, the world's biggest energy user, may cut its 2020 nuclear power capacity goal by about 10 percent under a revised development plan to be announced this year, said a group tasked to help implement atomic ...

'Where China Meets India'

'Where China Meets India'

By THANT MYINT-U
Reviewed by JAMES FALLOWS
Thant Myint-U explains why Myanmar is destined to play an increasingly crucial role in the world.

'Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China'

'Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China'

By EZRA F. VOGEL
Reviewed by JONATHAN MIRSKY
A look at the career of Deng Xiaoping, who changed China's course.

Over the Horizon: Leveraging Declining Russia-China Arms Ties

Over the Horizon: Leveraging Declining Russia-China Arms Ties

By: Robert Farley | Column
A new report has shed light on one of most important developments in the international arms trade market of the past 10 years: the decline in Russian arms sales to China. While diplomatic relations between the two powers remain relatively strong, their trade in arms has collapsed since the middle of the last decade. The deterioration of the two countries' arms relationship is anything but a local concern.

India PM concedes 'problems' in China relations

India PM concedes 'problems' in China relations
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2011 - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conceded that there are "problems" with New Delhi's ties with China but overall he believes "relations are quite good." "We have problems, the border problem is a long-standing problem," Singh told reporters accompanying him home on Wednesday night from a summit of Brazil, India and South Africa in Pretoria. Despite a brief but bloody border war i ... more

Note from the Editor

To All
I have been away on a medical emergency leave of absence and am hoping
to resume coverage over the next week or two. I will occasionally post the
more pressing news and commentary as my health permits, but am looking
forward to a recovery back to full time soon.
To all - take care of yourselves and protect your health.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

China's economy grows 9.1% in third quarter

China's economy grows 9.1% in third quarter China’s gross domestic product expanded 9.1 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the slowest pace in more than two years for the world’s second largest economy, which expanded 9.5 per cent in the second quarter.

But the slowdown in growth, announced on Tuesday by China’s National Bureau of Statistics, is likely to add to the consensus among most economists that the country is on track for a “soft landing” of moderating growth and cooling inflation.
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# # China's Economic Growth Slows By: AARON BACK | The Wall Street Journal

China's Economic Growth Slows
By: AARON BACK | The Wall Street Journal

* China's Political System Is More Flexible Than U.S. Democracy By: Eric X. Li | The Christian Science Monitor

China’s Currency Distracts From U.S.’s Policy Failings: View

Monday, October 17, 2011

China to improve ocean disaster safeguards


 
China to improve ocean disaster safeguards
People's Daily Online
He also added that the ocean is now experience the great influence of increasingly serious climate change. A warming climate can generate various negative phenomena such as worldwide ocean acidification, sea level rise, marine ecosystem retrogradation ...