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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 That reputation looks very much out-of-date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective...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...
Locals around Baiyang Lake balk at being uprooted for Beijing’s new development project. HEBEI, North China — A boatman rows a flat-bottomed vessel across the wide, languid waters of Baiyang Lake, or “Baiyangdian.” Behind him, new willow and poplar leaves...
The Ministry of Environmental Protection has, for the first time, confirmed that there were nearly 20 giant ponds where untreated wastewater had been dumped for years in Tianjin and Hebei province. Two of them were located less than 100 km...
A Tibetan Buddhist monk set himself on fire in western China in an apparent protest against Beijing’s rule, a monitoring group and a US government-backed radio station said. The monk set himself ablaze in a public square on Saturday morning...
Genomics pioneer and medical reform expert says the answer to China’s health care woes lies in technology and accountability. China’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate. By 2050, the number of over-60-year-olds will have risen from today’s 200 million...
Pollution inspectors have rebuked local governments and the provincial government in China’s southern industrial hub, Guangdong province, for allowing hundreds of thousands of tons of raw sewage to be dumped into waterways every day. Inspectors found that 470,000 tons of...

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Seven myths about China

We are on the cusp of serious ­debates about the implications for Australia and the whole Asia-Pacific world of the vast increase in Chinese...

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