15:48 24.07.2020

China orders U.S. to close consulate in Chengdu amid rising diplomatic tensions

Today the Chinese government has ordered the United States to shut its consulate in Chengdu, yet another move displaying the tension between the two nations. This follows the Trump administration ordering the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, ‘alleging it was being used as an intelligence-gathering hub.’ Whilst there was a clash before, most recently, President Trump has angered the Chinese by putting the blame of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s shoulders. He frequently refers to COVID-19 as the ‘China virus’.
Source: NBC News
11:09 24.07.2020

China and Japan Should Stop Promoting Coal

Few nations can spare a thought for anything right now except battling the Covid-19 pandemic and mitigating its economic fallout. But it’s essential that their rescue efforts don’t add to an even bigger global danger: climate change. China is being shortsighted in its rapid coal expansion. Given the rapidly falling cost of renewables, new coal projects no longer make sense financially. Already, more than half of China’s existing coal plants are estimated to operate at a loss.
Source: Bloomberg
18:48 21.07.2020

US charges Chinese Covid-19 research 'cyber-spies'

According to the article, the US justice department has accused China of ‘sponsoring’ hackers who are spying on US companies in order to steal research related to the development of Covid-19 vaccines.
Source: BBC News
14:51 19.07.2020

Beijing delays World Health Organisation’s coronavirus inquiry at first step

Scientists sent to prepare the ground for an investigation into the pandemic’s origins have had to stay in quarantine for a week amid scepticism China will ever co-operate with the UN health body’s mission. Some experts have suggested that even if China allows a full mission to go ahead as a gesture of co-operation, WHO scientists will not be able to obtain the information required for an independent inquiry. “Beijing wants to avoid giving Chinese people any impression from this visit that China was the source of this pandemic,” said Yanzhong Huang, an expert on China’s health system at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Source: The Sunday Times
16:51 16.07.2020

Coronavirus: China’s air pollution nearly halved during lockdown, NASA analysis reveals

acts are facts and this shows what a drastic reduction the burning of fossil fuels can mean. Due to the stringent lockdown of China, under lockdown, CO2 levels were unprecedentedly low. However, now easing is lessening and with its current policies in place, China’s greenhouse gas emissions are projected to rise until at least 2030. It needs to adapt to the future of renewables to have a lasting effect on the world’s ability to limit warning to 1.5 degrees as set out in the Paris Agreement.
Source: Sky News
05:33 16.07.2020

China's V-shaped rebound is built on Leninist industrial excess and ecological vandalism

China’s roaring recovery must be taken with heapings of salt. The country has reclaimed all lost output since the pandemic, but only by doubling down on an exhausted model of market-Leninism that goes nowhere. Little of this "economic activity" is responding to any meaningful market signal, and it amounts to ecological vandalism. China’s return to its worst industrial habits is an environmental disaster. Global Energy Monitor says China is developing 250 gigawatts of new coal-fired plants - twice the entire existing coal power capacity of the EU. It has proposed another 41GW this year and has relaxed its “traffic light” system for limiting permits. The excuse is that the latest plants will displace dirtier facilities but this technology curbs local air pollution much more than carbon emissions. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that China is thumbing its nose at the world and is giving up any serious effort to wean the economy off coal, still generating two-thirds of the country’s power.
Source: The Telegraph