Global South Economic Alliance: China launches challenge to US hegemony

China is leading an international effort to develop alliances to counter U.S. hegemony. A new grouping of nations has been formed to promote China’s Global Development Initiative (GDI), and will complement China’s massive international infrastructure project, the Belt and Road … Continue reading Global South Economic Alliance: China launches challenge to US hegemony

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Can the US seriously blame China for climate change?

At UN COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, the U.S. attempted to displace blame onto China for climate change, which was caused disproportionately by the advanced capitalist powers. While the U.S. media often calls China the biggest carbon emitter, this tends … Continue reading Can the US seriously blame China for climate change?

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China urges Green philosophy in BRI projects

In a move seen as important to further Greening of the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese authorities have updated guidance on environmental protection for overseas operations, requiring Chinese companies to adopt environmentally friendly approaches through the entire life cycle of their projects. In the last few days, the Communist Party of China’s powerful Central Committee and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have both widely disseminated information about updated China’s guideline on environmental protection in overseas projects. The guideline, unveiled on Tuesday, was jointly issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Commerce as a … Continue reading China urges Green philosophy in BRI projects

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FAO and China agree to implement Phase 3 of South-South Cooperation

The agreement marks the official launch of Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme after China’s announcement of an additional $50 million in funding The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has signed an agreement with the Chinese Government officially launching Phase III of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme. The General Agreement was signed by the Director-General of FAO, Qu Dongyu and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China,Tang Renjian. It followed the announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2020 of an additional $50 million in funding … Continue reading FAO and China agree to implement Phase 3 of South-South Cooperation

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Tarea Vida (‘Life Task’) – Cuba’s action plan on climate change

Cuba is taking serious action on the threats posed by climate change. In April 2021, the Cuban News Agency (ACN) reported that the use of renewable energy sources in Cuba during 2020 reached an installed power potential of 298 Megawatts … Continue reading Tarea Vida (‘Life Task’) – Cuba’s action plan on climate change

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‘Panda Bonds’ to help fund Africa’s energy transition: China-Africa Cooperation Forum

China’s commitment to supporting Africa’s green and low-carbon energy transition was a highlight of the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which concluded on 30 November 2021 with a climate joint declaration. The Declaration on China-Africa Cooperation on Combatting Climate Change provides the shape of future partnership in the energy sector. On coal, it reaffirms President Xi Jinping’s pledge, made at the UN General Assembly in September, to stop building new coal-fired power projects abroad, a move that was welcomed by more than 120 African community organisations and NGOs. On clean energy, it includes a commitment from China to further increase investment in solar, … Continue reading ‘Panda Bonds’ to help fund Africa’s energy transition: China-Africa Cooperation Forum

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China-Iran to implement comprehensive cooperation plan for energy and infrastructure

China and Iran announced the launch of the implementation of a 25-year comprehensive cooperation plan following talks on 14 Jan 2022, between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu … Continue reading China-Iran to implement comprehensive cooperation plan for energy and infrastructure

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Indonesia to build “world’s largest green industrial estate” backed by Belt and Road Initiative

PT Kalimantan Industrial Park Indonesia (KIPI), a consortium of companies from Indonesia, China and the United Arab Emirates, is financing the US$132 billion project in North Kalimantan, Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said will initially sit on 16,400 hectares of land on the … Continue reading Indonesia to build “world’s largest green industrial estate” backed by Belt and Road Initiative

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Syria joins the Belt and Road Initiative

Syria on 11 July 2022 joined the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which will help the Middle Eastern nation create new opportunities for cooperation with China and other countries, to help rebuild amid wars, Western sanctions, and the Covid pandemic. Syria’s admission ceremony took place during the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the Planning and International Cooperation Commission in the Syrian capital Damascus. It was attended by Fadi Khalil, head of the Syrian Planning and International Cooperation Commission, and Chinese ambassador Feng Biao. Khalil said “the admission revives the old role of Syria on the ancient Silk … Continue reading Syria joins the Belt and Road Initiative

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Nicaragua along the Belt and Road

This excellent article, republished from China’s Global Times locates the recent inauguration of Daniel Ortega for a further term as President of Nicaragua, and the increasingly close ties between China and the Central American nation, within the overall context of a resurgence of the left throughout Latin America. This is occurring in the teeth of intense US pressure and hostility and, the article notes, the Latin American left is characterised by a strong opposition to hegemony. The growth of the left in Latin America  therefore  aligns with global trends and will lead to stronger ties with China as well as Russia. Friends … Continue reading Nicaragua along the Belt and Road

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Nepal’s Largest Hydropower Station Starts Operation

 With the completion and operation of the Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric power station, Nepal has not only resolved a long-standing problem of intermittent power shortages, but also realized the transformation from an electricity importer to an exporter. Nepal has begun to sell hydropower to India, which was once Nepal’s largest provider of aid. This has inspired people of the infrastructure construction in South Asia.The first generator unit at the Upper Tamakoshi Hydroelectric Power Station, the largest power station of its kind in Nepal, went into operation on July 5, 2021. Located on the Tamakoshi River in Dolakha District, approximately 2,000 meters from Kathmandu … Continue reading Nepal’s Largest Hydropower Station Starts Operation

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Belt and Road spreads in US ‘backyard’ – Latin America and the Caribbean

Introduction The US has long considered Latin America as “America’s Backyard” – its exclusive neo-colonial zone following decline of European colonial powers. Since 1823, the “Monroe Doctrine” and US actions over the past 2 centuries to subjugate Latin America and the Caribbean, have made it clear that the US was, and still is determined to ruthlessly establish and maintain itself as the absolute hegemon in the region. However, rapid changes in the world economy, in particular, the emergence of China and the Belt and Road Initiative, have and continue to transform the strategic strength of the US empire. The US … Continue reading Belt and Road spreads in US ‘backyard’ – Latin America and the Caribbean

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China-Brazil cooperation in clean energy has broad prospect

December 30, 2021 SAO PAULO, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — The first self-constructed and managed green field wind power generation program of CGN Brazil Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. (CGN Brazil) and Participations S. A. has started operation lately, with another wind power project started constructing on the same day. Photo shows the CGN Brazil wind power generation project in Lagoa do Barro, Piaui in northeast Brazil. With rich wind and solar resources in Brazil and advanced technology, equipment and management experiences from China, the two sides’ cooperation in developing the clean energy market has a broad prospect. Established in June 2019, … Continue reading China-Brazil cooperation in clean energy has broad prospect

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Unlocking US Sanctions: China Signs Construction & Energy Deals With Cuba

Beijing is slowly unpicking Washington’s foreign policy, sanction by sanction, country by country.   Sometimes, you just have to be patient. Cuba, the Caribbean nation long a thorn in the side of the United States since Fidel Castro took control of the island against US wishes, has managed to get around crippling US sanctions that have rendered the islands economy backwards for over 50 years by signing reconstruction deals with China as part of the Belt and Road Initiative. Cuba’s economy shrunk by 11% in 2020, and the government says it only began to grow slowly last year at just 2%. … Continue reading Unlocking US Sanctions: China Signs Construction & Energy Deals With Cuba

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China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality

This article by Junfeng Li, of China’s National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Center, points out that achieving carbon peak / carbon neutrality in China is a broad and profound economic and social systemic change. Achieving carbon peak / carbon neutrality is a broad and profound economic and social systemic change, and must be included in the construction of ecological civilization. It is necessary to coordinate the relationship between improving energy efficiency and the development of non-fossil energy, energy transformation and development transformation, transformation and security, and improve carbon peaking / carbon neutrality. It provides analysis of progress and … Continue reading China’s ‘latecomer advantage’ in achieving carbon neutrality

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Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road

On December 23, Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and the President of the National Commission for Development and Reform of China, He Lifeng , signed the Cooperation Plan between the Government of the Republic of Cuba and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. for … Continue reading Cuba and China united by the New Silk Road

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BRI: Pakistan’s Karot Hydropower Station begins water storage

After six years of construction, the Karot Hydropower Station in Pakistan has lowered the gates of its diversion tunnels and has officially started to store water on Saturday. The Karot Hydropower Project in Pakistan is one of the major investments under the Belt and Road Initiative. The plant is along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a 3,000-kilometer-long route of infrastructure projects connecting the two countries. It’s a milestone event, marking the completion of over 90 percent of the project. It also paves the way for power generation in eastern Pakistan in the first half of next year. Karot Hydropower Station is … Continue reading BRI: Pakistan’s Karot Hydropower Station begins water storage

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China building Cuba’s largest wind farm – country moves towards renewable energy

La Herradura Wind Farm Project is the largest wind power project in Cuba, supplied and constructed by Chinese firms. This investment forms part of Cuba’s goal of sourcing 24% of its total energy supply from renewables by 2030. Herradura 1 will supply 51 MW, Herradura 2 supplying a further 50 MW. Herrandura 1 is being built by Chinese firm Goldwind, and Herrandura 2 will be built by Chinese firm Dongfang. *********** Facing the challenges of an aging energy infrastructure, Cuba is looking to new energy sources with help from the Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen its power production capacity … Continue reading China building Cuba’s largest wind farm – country moves towards renewable energy

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China’s urban development experience helpful for Nicaraguan capital, Managua – mayor says

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Dec. 30, 2021 — China’s experience in urban development could help improve Managua’s urban planning and enrich local authorities’ knowledge, said Reyna Rueda, mayor of the capital city of Nicaragua. In a recent interview with Xinhua, the mayor said she looks forward to the opportunities in urban development cooperation with Chinese cities following the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Nicaragua on Dec. 10. Rueda said the renewed bilateral ties are good for local governments, as well as the central government, because they allow exchanges of views with Chinese peers on common issues and interests regarding the … Continue reading China’s urban development experience helpful for Nicaraguan capital, Managua – mayor says

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Green belts and connected parks planned for Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City

Singapore and China have agreed to deepen cooperation to make the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City greener and more sustainable, said Singapore’s Ministry of National Development (MND) on Wednesday (Dec 29, 2021). National Development Minister Desmond Lee announced during the 13th Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Joint Steering … Continue reading Green belts and connected parks planned for Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City

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Green Development: Singapore and China sign bilateral cooperation agreements

Singapore and China reached 14 deals at Wednesday’s (Dec 29) Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation meeting, the biggest haul in recent years from this high-level platform set up in 2004. Among them are these agreements: Urban governance Singapore’s Ministry of National Development (MND) and China’s state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to continue sharing knowledge and experience on urban governance, planning and management. There will be visiting fellowship programmes for senior officials and promising young officials, study visits, joint research and publications and platforms to exchange knowledge. Another similar MOU was inked … Continue reading Green Development: Singapore and China sign bilateral cooperation agreements

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Cuba eyes cooperation with China on clean energy

Facing the challenges of an aging energy infrastructure, Cuba is looking to new energy sources with help from the Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen its power production capacity and move away from fossil fuels. The Latin American country joined the Belt and Road Energy Partnership, or BREP, in October. The program aims to strengthen connectivity in infrastructure and energy investments, and push for more clean energy and efficiency. For Cuba’s energy system, participating in the BREP could be an important lifeline. The country’s energy infrastructure is aging, and 95 percent of electricity comes from fossil fuels, mostly from eight … Continue reading Cuba eyes cooperation with China on clean energy

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Chinese-made electric trucks boost green logistics in Mexico

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has delivered 20 21-ton electric trucks to Mexican beer maker Grupo Modelo. The Mexican beer maker has already ordered another 20 electric trucks from BYD and says it plans to add a total of 500 electric trucks to its fleet over the next two years. BYD will also supply the company with electric forklifts. BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, and the global leader in battery-electric buses. BYD is also an industry leader in several other high-tech sectors, including high-efficiency automobiles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, electric forklifts, SkyRail, energy storage … Continue reading Chinese-made electric trucks boost green logistics in Mexico

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US climate commitments in chaos – is Biden’s “Build Back Better” policy dead?

At the Glasgow climate meeting in November 2021, US President Biden was keen to promote the US “commitment” to the Paris Agreement (which the US regime had only recently “rejoined”) aimed at preventing some of the worst effects of global … Continue reading US climate commitments in chaos – is Biden’s “Build Back Better” policy dead?

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