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China is making significant headway in preventing toxic algal blooms, by decreasing a pollutant — phosphorus — in its lakes. Phosphorus, a mineral and an ingredient in farm fertilizer runoff that can prompt algae to multiply, dropped 60 percent in...
When President Donald Trump yanked America's support for the Paris Climate Accords, pundits were quick to hail China as the world's new environmental leader. Two veteran journalists wrote that the decision was “the greatest strategic gift to the Chinese,...
This post is part of Blinkist's books-in-blinks series. The series provides key messages from books that you might not have time to read in their entirety. Here are the key messages from Dealing With China by Former US Treasury Secretary Henry...
The Chinese Communist Party exercises sovereignty over 1.4 billion people. In doing so, it suppresses free speech, regulates political activity and exercises a pervasive program of propaganda in education, the arts and the news media. There are no elections...
In 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping set out the aims of Chinese soft power in this way: "To give a good Chinese narrative, and better communicate China's messages to the world". "To be portrayed as a civilised place featuring a...
The real opportunity is in rooftop solar, not just renewable megaprojects. It's a common sight in rural China: rows and rows of low-rise apartment buildings, oftentopped by solar water heaters the size of kitchen tables. By one estimate, 30 million...
President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement caused anger and anxiety across the world, with one major exception: China. With the US stepping away from its role as a leader of the global fight against climate change,...
Until recently, China and India have been cast as obstacles, at the very least reluctant conscripts, in the battle against climate change. That reputation looks very much out-of-date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective...
HONG KONG — North Korea tests nuclear weapons less than 100 miles from China’s border. It launched a missile hours before a major speech by President Xi Jinping of China on Sunday, a move Chinese analysts called a diplomatic...
You can't get too attached to things in Beijing. Your favourite restaurant, cafe, bar, park bench, row of trees, basketball court could be there one day and obliterated the next. The current wave of destruction in the Chinese capital is...
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Why the West treats China with kid gloves

If you want to know why the European Union has shied from challenging China on its human rights record, look no further than what...

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