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Li Keqiang Visits Berlin Amid Trade Tensions

On his first foreign tour as Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang is in Berlin today, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany, China’s largest European trading partner, will be the premier’s only stop in an...

China Focus Comes at a Cost for Germany

Following chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing last week, Judy Dempsey warns at The New York Times that Germany’s booming trade with China may be a double-edged sword: As the crisis drags down most European...

WTO to Probe China’s Rare-Earth Policies

After the request by the European Union, Japan, and the United States for the World Trade Organization to examine China’s rare-earth industry, the WTO will probe into China’s rare-earth policies, from AFP:The decision was taken...

China’s Per Capita Carbon Emissions Match EU’s

According to a new report (.pdf) by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China’s per capita carbon emissions have reached a similar level to the EU’s. Global total emissions continue to rise, with the...

Rare White Paper Published on Rare Earths

China’s State Council on Wednesday issued its first white paper on the controversial rare-earth metal sector, hailing its developmental achievements but also acknowledging the environmental consequences of and promising...

Tibetan Woman Torches Herself

Yet another Tibetan has set fire to herself in Aba county, Sichuan. According to Radio Free Asia’s count, the young woman is the 38th Tibetan to self-immolate in protest of Beijing’s Tibet policies: Rikyo, a...

Is China Squandering its Soft Power Investments?

Following a series of damaging stories this year, notably the ousting of Bo Xilai and escape of Chen Guangcheng, The Atlantic’s Damien Ma argues that “for all the financial muscle thrown behind shaping its global...

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