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Businessinsider. China Government Study Sees 86% Renewables by 2050. Cap And Trade Published on April 29th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor.

China Government Study Sees 86% Renewables by 2050

Ma Jun: China has reached its environmental tipping point. It was almost 20 years ago that Ma Jun sat and watched the rainbow-coloured River Fen, in Shanxi province.

Ma Jun: China has reached its environmental tipping point

As he turned to the skies in this coal and industrial heartland of north China he could see dozens of chimneys bellowing out their fumes. He had been sent to the province on an assignment while working as a researcher for a foreign journalist in the late 1990s. The story then was about family planning and its impact on local communities, but it was the devastating pollution he witnessed that filled up his notepad. China’s Green-Energy Revolution by John A. Mathews and Hao Tan. SYDNEY – China generates most of its electricity by burning fossil fuels, just as every rising economic power has done since the Industrial Revolution.

China’s Green-Energy Revolution by John A. Mathews and Hao Tan

But to focus on this single fact risks overlooking a notable trend. The Chinese system of power generation is turning green – far more quickly than any other system of comparable size on the planet. More countries say to join China-backed AIIB investment bank. Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China's regional and global influence.

More countries say to join China-backed AIIB investment bank

The AIIB, seen as a challenge to existing institutions the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, has drawn a cool response from the United States, despite which European U.S. allies including Britain, France, Germany and Italy have already announced they would join the bank. Other countries such as Turkey and South Korea have also said they would join. Brazil, China's top trading partner, said on Friday it would sign up and that there were no conditions set.

"Brazil is very interested in participating in this initiative," the office of President Dilma Rousseff said in a statement. Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor. Beijing’s mayor, Wang Anshun, has called the city “unliveable” because of its noxious smog, according to state media.

Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor

“To establish a first-tier, international, liveable and harmonious city, it is very important to establish a system of standards, and Beijing is currently doing this,” he said last Friday, according to the China Youth Daily newspaper. “At the present time, however, Beijing is not a liveable city.” Anshun’s speech came days before the market research company Euromonitor International announced, in its findings on the global tourism market in 2013, that tourism to Beijing had declined by 10% from the year before due to pollution and a countrywide economic slowdown. The company’s top 100 city destination rankings, released on Tuesday, ranked Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok in its top three spots, followed by London and Paris.

Beijing ranked 34th, in between Johannesburg and Sofia, Bulgaria. The Rat Tribe of Beijing. Urbanisation: The great sprawl of China. Did An Armed Chinese-Made Drone Just Crash in Nigeria? Why Internet users all around the world should be worried about China’s Great Firewall. In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, computer users sit near a monitor display with a message from the Chinese police on the proper use of the Internet at an Internet cafe in Beijing, China.

Why Internet users all around the world should be worried about China’s Great Firewall

(Ng Han Guan, AP) BEIJING -- China’s Great Firewall is coming to a computer near you. What may be the world’s biggest censorship and Internet monitoring operation does not just affect Netizens in China, it is becoming a potential concern for Internet users elsewhere in the world, experts say. News that China is building that firewall steadily higher only heightens those concerns. [Read:Is this North Korea? For a start, Web browsers all over the world now trust the Chinese government to tell it which Web sites are genuine. Then there is the question of China’s growing demands for the keys to global operating systems, which it is making on foreign IT firms as condition for doing business here.

China Only Has One Time Zone—and That's a Problem. The Communist Party's decision to use Beijing time across the country, done to enhance “national unity,” has backfired in Xinjiang.

China Only Has One Time Zone—and That's a Problem

Imagine that you've found yourself in Kashgar, the western-most city in Xinjiang, China’s western-most region. Your friend sends you a text message and tells you to meet him at 3 pm. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? The Quadrillion dollar world would be a world with complete Infrastructure. China is leveraging its $4 trillion in reserves to provide low interest financing for high speed rail, export of Chinese nuclear reactors, factories and property development.

The Quadrillion dollar world would be a world with complete Infrastructure

China is offering to fill the worlds infrastructure gap. This will enable all of the developing world to follow the China economic development plan. Why 2016 Could Be a Nightmare for China. Presidential elections in the U.S. and Taiwan could end China’s period of “strategic opportunity.”

Why 2016 Could Be a Nightmare for China

In the late 1990s, former President Jiang Zemin liked to talk of China entering a two-decade era of “strategic opportunity” — a period when China could become a middle income country while continuing the Deng-ist strategy of building up its capacity and strengthening its economy during the era of American hegemony. During this period, China would be low profile, largely free of global leadership responsibilities, and able to plead its status as a poor, developing power focused on solving its own problems as a reason to sidestep heavy diplomatic duties beyond its borders. Xinjiang and the Geopolitics of an Insurrection. I have written several articles on Xinjiang Province in China.

Xinjiang and the Geopolitics of an Insurrection

In each, I have examined the province’s intensifying Uighur separatist campaign and the region’s importance. The article below was posted at Sofrep.com. China: The Influence of History. How does history influence Chinese thought and behavior today? By Michael D. China and Russia have now both approved the $242 billion Beijing to Moscow High speed rail project.

China will build a 7,000-kilometer (4,350-mile) high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow, at a cost of 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s city government said on the social networking site Weibo. The rail line seeks to facilitate travel across Europe and Asia, Beijing’s municipal government said Jan. 21 in a post on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. The journey from Beijing to Moscow would take “two days” on a route passing through Kazakhstan, the post said. It will take take eight to 10 years to build. Exploring a New Role: Peacemaker in Afghanistan. Photo BEIJING — No stranger to engaging in power politics with its Asian neighbors, ’s diplomatic corps has in recent months been trying on a new role: talking with the Afghan in an effort to play peacemaker. Late last year, two Afghan Taliban officials traveled with Pakistani officials to Beijing to discuss a potential peace process among ’s warring parties, according to three current and former Afghan officials.

And that may not have been the first such meeting. Though his account could not be independently confirmed, one Pakistani journalist said that China’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Sun Yuxi, had traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan, to meet with Afghan Taliban representatives weeks earlier. China’s supersonic submarine, which could go from Shanghai to San Francisco in 100 minutes, creeps ever closer to reality. Researchers in China are reporting that they’ve taken a big step towards creating a supersonic submarine. This technology, which could just as easily be applied to weaponized torpedoes as military or civilian submarines, could theoretically get from Shanghai to San Francisco — about 6,000 miles — in just 100 minutes. If all this doesn’t sound crazy enough, get this: This new advance by the Chinese is based on supercavitation, which was originally developed by the Soviets in the ’60s, during the Cold War.

As you may already know, it’s a lot harder for an object to move quickly through water than air. China's Military Is about to Go Global. THE CHINESE armed forces are on the move—but to where? For over a decade, academics, policy wonks and government officials have been engaged in a relentless debate about Beijing’s military capabilities and intentions.

China to launch hack-proof quantum communication network in 2016. China will complete and put into service the world's longest quantum communication network stretching 2,000km from Beijing to Shanghai by 2016, say scientists leading the project. The quantum network is considered "unhackable" and will provide the most secure encryption technology to users. By 2030, the Chinese network would be extended worldwide, Xinhua reported. China is the first major power to come up with a detailed schedule to put the technology into extensive, large-scale use. Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network. Ninja Economics on Twitter: "50% of China's GDP comes from the areas in orange h/t @conradhackett. Murder, Sex and Corruption: Beijing's Difficult Transition of Power.

The United States has the White House, Russia the Kremlin, France the Elysée Palace and Germany the Federal Chancellery, but what the People's Republic of China has is a secret. High, red walls shield the country's leaders in this mysterious place, armed security personnel are posted in front of heavily guarded buildings with poetic names like the "Hall of Purple Light," and hidden cameras monitor every step taken in the direction of China's inner sanctum. The complex, covering about one square kilometer (roughly 250 acres) near Tiananmen Square in the Beijing city center, is called Zhongnanhai. China's Ignores International Arbitration in South China Sea Dispute. China's Xi receives highest rating among world leaders - China - Chinadaily.com.cn. Chinese President Xi Jinping was the highest rated world leader in many fields, according to a survey published by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Xi topped both the domestic ratings that respondents gave to their own leaders and international scoring. Chinese respondents showed the highest confidence in regards to how their leader handled domestic and international affairs. In terms of ratings of their own leaders in their respective countries, Xi was the highest rated leader with a nine out of 10 rating. Russia's Putin followed with an 8.7 with India's Modi and South Africa's Jacob Zuma rounding out the top. China's Role in the Global Economy: myths and realities. Why are so many Chinese children drowning? Drowning - not disease, not general accidents - is the leading cause of death for children aged 5 - 14 in China, according to a report released today by the World Health Organization. Return of the Silk Road - Geographical.

It’s now officially called the Silk Road Economic Belt, but the scale of Chinese plans to connect cities from Asia to Europe rekindles memories of historic trade route President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government have committed over $16 billion towards building the required infrastructure to recreate the centuries-old trade route stretching from China to the Mediterranean. The new ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, a high-speed train line running through Eurasia, Iran and Turkey before finishing in Western Europe, is one of two large-scale, global trading projects China is aiming to create, as well as the ‘Maritime Silk Road’, which will run via Southeast Asia, India, and Kenya, before finishing in the Mediterranean. Estimated route of the New Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road President Xi first annouced the projects in September 2013 whilst visiting Kazakhstan – one country that will hope to benefit economically from the project.

From tomorrow on, high-speed rail will take you from Shanghai to Guangzhou in 7 hours!: Shanghaiist. A high-speed railway connecting Guangzhou and Shanghai in just seven hours will go into operation tomorrow. China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip and military installations. China creates new city planning categories and could shift growth to cities with 5 million or less population. Benoit cezard - china 2050. CHINA'S FUTURE. WITHIN Asia, it is Chinese activity, not Chinese inactivity, that has people worried, and their concern is understandable. Perhaps most provocative is China’s devotion to the “nine-dash line”, an ill-defined swish of the pen around the South China Sea.

Within this perimeter, China claims all the dry land and, it appears, all the water and seabed too; by way of contrast, the rules of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) would tend to see quite a lot of those things as subject to claims from other countries. '3D Diamond' Landmark building by A.M. Progetti in China. National Maritime Museum in Tianjin, China. Future New York Skyline 2030 - Viewing Gallery. No second chances, China reforms. Chicago architecture firms are redesigning China - Chicago Tribune. China Needs 1,000 Nuclear Plants by 2030. China climate pledge needs 1,000 nuclear plant effort. China Delivers Midnight Internet Declaration — Offline - China Real Time Report. China’s Prescription for Troubled Xinjiang: The New Silk Road. Macro Areas in Chinese History [1.000×728]

The New Silk Road: China’s Marshall Plan? China's Role in the Middle East. A Closer Look at China’s Military Modernization. Japan and Its Neighbors: Shinzo Abe's Northeast Asia Diplomacy. Cyber Espionage and US-China Relations. The Beijing APEC Summit in Review. What really happened in Beijing: Putin, Obama, Xi — and the back story the media won’t tell you.

The Implications of China’s New Space Force. China’s Military Creates New Space Force. The Chinese Military Is a Paper Dragon — War Is Boring. Detainee Release Marks China Policy Shift. How China's Enormous Fishing Fleet Is Being Used As a Surrogate Navy. Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters. China Will Build Largest Super Particle Collider. PHOTOS: Hongkongers opt for 'McWeddings' in local McDonald's. 97% of corrupt officials are men, 47% keep mistresses and 42% have a master's degree. Opinion of China (Unfavorable) (2014) - Indicators Database. Rainbowjarhead comments on What if China becomes a democracy? Claiming the South China Sea: natural resources, military bases, and the law of the sea. China and Its Neighbors: Trying to Reshape the Neighborhood.

China steps up speed of oil stockpiling as tensions mount in Asia. MAP: What the epic China-Russia natural gas deal looks like. Russia Scores Massive Gas Pipeline Deal With China. Warfare Three Ways.

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Chinese Investment in Africa Boosts Economies but Worries Many. Vietnam Tries to Stop China Oil Rig Deployment. Estranged Over a Rising China. China: a decade of change - interactive timeline. China Is A True Mega-Trader [MAP] Russia Loses Leverage with China on Gas Deal. Romania and China join hands in better approach to European markets.

China Is Quietly Profiting From the Russia-Ukraine Standoff: Here's How - ECF Your Window On China Energy Market. BrookingsInst: China has now overtaken the... China Warns US To Stay Out Of Hong Kong Over Democratic Reform.

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