It looks like China and India are heading towards their own version of the Cold War:
Under cover of night last month, a platoon of People’s Liberation Army soldiers hiked across barren mountains and set up camp in the foothills of the Himalayas, one of the most inhospitable places on earth for a bivouac.
Postmedia News, William Marsden, April 14
WASHINGTON – The world’s two biggest polluters have signed what could be a groundbreaking agreement and “call to action” on the fight against escalating climate change.
The United States and China announced Sunday they would accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gases by advancing cooperation on technology, research, conservation, and [...]
Sydney Morning Herald, April 14
A seven-year-old girl is Beijing’s first human case of H7N9 bird flu, local authorities say as China’s outbreak of the disease spreads to the capital.
The girl, whose parents are poultry traders, was in a stable condition in hospital, the Beijing health bureau said on Saturday. Her mother and father [...]
If China fails to take short term corrective action to address toxic levels of air pollution in its major cities, millions of Chinese people will die over the coming years. If China takes effective short term corrective action to address airborne toxins, global warming will accelerate causing threats to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds [...]
You probably heard on the news today about the war exercises in the Sea of Japan, including South Korea, this morning.
Two long-range B-2 bombers made the 6,500 mile flight from Missouri to South Korea, simulated a bombing run, then turned around and made it back to Missouri, possibly in time for breakfast. Wrap your [...]
Bellicose rhetoric for the weekend: Blustering “pre-emptive nuclear attack” against the USA and Sth Korea. Blowing away “abrogates all agreements on non-aggression reached between the North and the South” as of next Monday.
Ban Ki Moon says it’s all unacceptable and the people must be fed.
China is in a new accord with the USA [...]
(Washington, DC 1/17) The nation’s capital hosted over 40,000 citizens assembled to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The crowd urged President Obama to bring to reality his lofty words on climate change in the inaugural address just days ago. By stopping the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the [...]
South China Morning Post, February 3, 2013
So let’s see… Our Nobel Prize Winning president is edging towards approving the Keystone XL Pipeline which will take tar sands oil from canada to Houston. From there it will go straight to China. Tar sands oil is filthy. Everybody knows that. It’s also a climate disaster. [...]
NYT – The Beijing government put in place emergency measures on Wednesday to try to combat thick smog that has encased the city, which the Communist Party has hailed as a showcase capital, in brown and gray soot. The measures include temporarily shutting down more than 100 factories and ordering one-third of government vehicles off [...]
Bryan Walsh outlines “how limited President Obama’s ability to deal with climate change really is”:
…China is now burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world — combined. And despite impressive support from Beijing for renewable energy and a dawning understanding about the dangers of air pollution, coal use in China [...]
Many have been watching the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea with growing trepidation. Most recently, Japan claimed the right to fire warning shots at Chinese military aircraft near the islands – known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan – while a Chinese general [...]
Here, this should help you relax and digest this Sunday afternoon – NOT!
Japan says it may fire warning shots and take other measures to keep foreign aircraft from violating its airspace in the latest verbal blast between Tokyo and Beijing that raises concerns that a dispute over hotly contested islands could spin out [...]
I haven’t been following the tit-for-tat between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea at all closely. Today’s news suggests that was a mistake and we should all be paying attention. Reuters:
China criticised Japan on Friday for “creating tension”, a day after China’s air force scrambled two fighters in [...]
Reuters Analysis: U.S. arms sales to Asia set to boom on Pacific “pivot”.
The pivot “will result in growing opportunities for our industry to help equip our friends,” said Fred Downey, vice president for national security at the Aerospace Industries Association, a trade group that includes top U.S. arms makers.
Demand for big-ticket U.S. weapons [...]
Reuters, December 28
Beijing – China unveiled tighter Internet controls on Friday, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain “illegal” information and requiring service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment.
The rules signal that the new leadership headed by Communist Party chief Xi Jinping will [...]