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Trade Talks Update: Is a Peace Deal in the Works for US and China?
By admin January 16, 2019

The trade war between the US and China has been ongoing throughout 2018. Its beginnings can be traced back to March when the US proposed tariffs in reaction to China’s “unfair trade practices”, and China responded by revealing their own tariffs on US goods. The back and forth of various tariffs continued to increase until

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An unexpected culprit is making China’s air pollution worse
By admin October 18, 2018

Scientists have identified a new offender contributing to China’s wintertime smog, and controlling it could be the key to maintaining significant air improvements in air quality that many northeastern cities experienced last winter. Emissions from formaldehyde, a byproduct from vehicles and chemical refineries has played a larger role than previously recognized in producing the thick,

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What Chinese Media Say about the Trade War with US
By admin October 10, 2018

A bitter trade war is looming between China and the US. The US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese goods. From July to August this year, the US imposed 25 percent tariff on a total of $50 billion of Chinese goods, and China retaliated proportionally. On September 24, a new round of tariffs,

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Rural Ecommerce in China: Opportunities and Challenges
By admin October 3, 2018

Due to significant development in logistic infrastructure and the rising Internet penetration rate in China, ecommerce has become an increasingly familiar term for Chinese rural residents- approximately 45 percent of the total population. This segment of the population has long been excluded from the convenience of buying and selling goods online. According to the ministry

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China, The Waste Crisis, and What it Means
By admin September 28, 2018

On July 18th, 2017, China formally notified the World Trade Organization that it would be instituting an import ban on specific types of solid waste. The ban covers 24 different kinds of solid waste and includes unsorted paper and low-grade polyethylene terephthalate used in plastic bottles. The ban has also established limits of the levels

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A Pipeline for Prosperity & Peace
By admin August 13, 2018

Efforts to reach an agreement between the United States and North Korea have somewhat soured, and the future of denuclearization is unclear as the two countries seem to have different definitions of the word. But peace efforts between the two Koreas have better prospects and the two nations are considering the many ways their countries

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China’s Investments in Africa: striking a delicate balance.
By admin July 24, 2018

China has emerged as Africa’s largest trading partner, providing a market for the continent’s energy and minerals. This week, the Chinese President Xi Jinping embarked on a four-leg tour of the African continent as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. President Xi has scheduled visits to Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Mauritius all in

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FDI: What can the developing countries do differently?
By admin July 17, 2018

In the face of inadequate resources to finance infrastructure and long-term sustainable development in a significant number of the developing countries, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has assumed a prominent place as an integral part of an open and effective international economic system and a major catalyst for development. The World Bank defines FDI as a

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Changing Trade Realities?: The EU in the US-China Trade war
By admin July 6, 2018

The Trump administration is preparing to enforce tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods, and China has claimed to retaliate with tariffs of an equal amount in U.S. exports. If Trump’s threats turn out to be true, this could mark the beginning of an escalating trade war. Businesses within the European Union are closely watching

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A Plastic Friendship: Dumping Commodified Trash
By admin June 25, 2018

Every year, the world generates a total of 1.3 billion tons of waste – a number that is expected to rise to 4 billion tons by 2100 as global consumption increases and waste is mismanaged. A tenth of our waste is disposed of through incinerated and another four-fifths is dumped in landfills, while the remaining

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China Put’s The Kibosh on Cryptocurrency Funding
By admin September 6, 2017

In the latest chapter of the cryptocurrency rollercoaster, over the weekend China put a dramatic halt on ICO’s (initial coin offerings), decrying it to be “an unauthorized and illegal public funding activity.” The halt essentially prohibits digital token financing and trading platforms from doing conversions of coins with fiat currencies. Reflected by a joint statement

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China’s Joint Energy Development with the Philippines
By admin July 26, 2017

China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, stated that he supported a joint energy partnership with the Philippines in the South China Sea. This comes on the heel of comments by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte saying he had found a partner to develop oil fields and that exploration would resume later this year. The issue with the

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The Doklam Stand-off
By admin July 19, 2017

Over the past five weeks, the Doka La pass has become the site of one of the tensest regional border stand-offs in almost three decades. The issue emerged out of a border dispute between China and Bhutan, with both countries claiming the rights over the disputed territory in Doklam. Although India does not have a

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Twenty Years On, An Uncertain Future For Hong Kong?
By admin July 5, 2017

In his final address as the last British Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten reflected upon how British administration of the autonomous territory had built the scaffold to allow the people of Hong Kong to ascend. Now, 20 years on, China, the giant on its doorstep, stands to test the promise of the “one country,

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China is Winning the Asian Arms Race
By admin June 16, 2017

Described as “a ship which can fly and also an aircraft which can swim,” China’s newest military innovation is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. The Jiaolong AG600 seaplane is comparable in size to a Boeing 737 at 37 meters long and a 38.8-meter wingspan. Designed by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for marine

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Panama Takes a New Direction: From Taiwan to China
By admin June 13, 2017

On Tuesday June 13, Panama formally cut off ties with Taiwan in order to establish ties with China. This shift in alliances seems to have no explanation, but the benefits for China are clear. President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama claims that this change is in the best interest for the country, citing China as

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China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative
By admin June 12, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently made a statement that the world should move towards an integrated global economy and away from protectionism. He emphasized the ‘One belt, One road’ initiative which uses billions of dollars of Chinese investment into building infrastructure along the Silk Road. Although many countries would benefit directly and indirectly from the

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The Importance of Promoting Applied Sciences in Africa
By admin May 3, 2017

More than half or Africa’s population is under the age of 30, making it the youngest population in the world. With one billion people spread across 50 countries, Africa only counts 2,000 colleges and universities. As a comparison, the United States’ population is of 320 million people and it counts over 4,000 colleges or universities.

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A Prescription for Development: Global Leaders Discuss Health Issues at the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion
By admin November 28, 2016

From 21 – 24 November 2016, China hosted in Shanghai the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion. The conference, organized under the auspices of the Government of China and the World Health Organisation (WHO), was a landmark for strengthening global cooperation for public health. The Shanghai Declaration on Health Promotion stressed the importance of promoting

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Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas
By admin October 14, 2016

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) official definition, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is known as a “cross-border investment by a resident in one economy with the objective of obtaining a lasting interest in an enterprise resident in another economy.” Ongoing debates surrounding the impacts of FDI on sustainable development, as they

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The Bubble is Expanding: On-going Housing Frenzy taking China by Storm
By admin October 7, 2016

Currently, China is undergoing an unprecedented housing boom. After tanking in 2014, the housing market rebounded in 2015 and went into overdrive this year. Based on the information provided by China Index Academy, home prices in 100 major Chinese cities have risen for 17 consecutive months through September. Also, the private-sector think tank indicates that September’s

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China and the Future of Development in the Middle East
By admin May 4, 2016

  China’s meteoric economic rise this century has naturally attracted the attention of Middle Eastern countries which face many of the challenges that China claims to have overcome, including pressure form a young and growing population, non-democratic models of governance and the issue of legitimacy, and perhaps more importantly – development. Xue Qingguo, head of

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Beijing Experienced Worst Air Pollution of the Year
By admin December 3, 2015

      As China’s president attends the international climate conference in Paris (COP21), Beijing recorded its worst air pollution of the year this past Monday and Tuesday. The smog was so heavy that people can barely see anything from a block away. The tiny poisonous PM 2.5 particles reached as high as 600+ micrograms

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Taiwan to Submit Another Bid to Join the AIIB, Under the Name of “Chinese Taipei”
By admin November 12, 2015

    Taiwan’s Minister of Finance said that Taiwan will apply, again, to join the mainland-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) under the name “Chinese Taipei,” possibly early next year. The bid will be similar to the one rejected in April, and the Taiwanese Finance Minister expresses optimism that the mainland will accept the application

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China Abandons One-Child Policy
By admin November 5, 2015

After thirty-five years’ of implementation of Communist Party’s One-Child Policy, which was adopted in 1980, Beijing announced last Thursday that China would abandon this policy, and all Chinese couples would be allowed to have two children. The decision was made because of China’s rapidly ageing population and to maintain a certain labor force to help

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China and Africa Gearing Up for Summit in South Africa
By admin September 25, 2015

  President Zuma of South Africa met with President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing on September 4, 2015, in advance of South Africa’s hosting of the 6th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in December, 2015. The official occasion was the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese

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Data’s Growing Role in Humanitarian Relief & Assistance
By admin September 15, 2015

  The role of data collection and analysis is well understood as the foundation for which any humanitarian action is taken. Decisions, such as determining safe-zones for relief workers or feasible means of delivering supplies, rely on actionable data disseminated from the ground to stakeholders. What’s more, the need for data is expanding beyond those

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Will Emerging Markets Enter into a Global Recession?
By admin September 1, 2015

  The great fall of China and its twenty-first century success story came to a great surprise for many people last week. More importantly, the country’s economic slowdown may perhaps signal the next global recession, impacting developing countries and emerging markets the hardest. The first downturn occurred nearly seven years ago, due largely to contractions

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Chinese Stock Markets Continue to Go Down
By admin July 9, 2015

The Chinese stock market took another nosedive on Wednesday, as investors shrugged off a series of support measures by Chinese regulators. The central bank made a public statement in support of the market since it cut interest rates in late June.   Both the Shanghai Composite Index and the Shenzhen Component fell 8% and 5%

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