A performance by Jennifer Lopez for Turkmenistan’s leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has provoked accusations that the singer helped to paper over human rights abuses. But with the concert organized in part by the China...
Aug 19, 2012
For the latest instalment in his CDT series, cartoonist Crazy Crab of Hexie Farm shows a flock of ducks mounting an anti-sushi protest outside the famous Quanjude Peking roast duck restaurant. They brandish placards reading...
Jul 6, 2011
Burmese dissident groups have appealed to China to stop work on a number of dam projects which have been fuelling conflict in the north of the country. From The Wall Street Journal: Dissidents had been stepping up their...
Jun 17, 2011
Hu Jintao’s visit to Moscow this week saw a push to conclude a gas deal between the world’s largest energy producer and its largest consumer. The 30 year deal, potentially worth a trillion dollars, would see up to 70...
Oct 14, 2009
From AP: Russia and China are closing in on a mammoth energy deal which could insure that Beijing has the fuel to run its factories and cities and Moscow has a vast new market for its natural gas empire. Russian Prime Minister...
May 28, 2009
Following President Obama’s announcement for stricter gas mileage in the US, China is imposing even stricter requirements. From the New York Times: The new plan would require automakers in China to improve fuel economy by...
Jan 5, 2009
According to Japanese officials, China violated an agreement it had brokered with Japan in 2008 to jointly develop gas fields in the East China Sea. From Reuters: Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said China had been drilling...
Jul 28, 2008
From The Washington Post: Nodding his head to the disco music blaring out of his car’s nine speakers, Zhang Linsen swings the shiny, black Hummer H2 out of his company’s gates and on to the spacious four-lane road....
May 3, 2008
A sober commentary looking at China’s newfound love for oil guzzling SUVs and its consequences. Translated by CDT from the Beijing News. China, the second largest petroleum consumer behind only the United States, increased...
Feb 24, 2008
China and Japan failed again to reach an agreement over an undersea natural gas field, although Beijing and Tokyo said that they were trying to improve relations. From Reuters: About a dozen rounds of official-level talks...
Jan 4, 2008
From Xinhua: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China has for the first time outstripped Heilongjiang Province, in the northeast, as China’s top natural gas and oil producer. Latest data from four major northwestern oil and gas bases revealed that Xinjiang produced 26.4 million tons of crude oil and21.2 billion cubic meters of gas last […]
Aug 19, 2007
From Financial Times: Kazakhstan and China have agreed to build pipelines to carry oil and gas from fields near the Caspian Sea, one of the world’s most promising new oil provinces, to China. “The Caspian will be linked to western China,” Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, said after a meeting with Hu Jintao, the […]
Jun 12, 2007
China’s energy consumption has risen to 15% of total global energy consumption. China’s use of gas, coal, and nuclear energy rose in 2006, and Beijing is launching a new campaign to decrease wasteful energy use in Chinese cities. From the San Diego Union Tribune: World energy consumption rose 2.4 percent last year, slowing from a […]
Aug 17, 2005
From the International Herald Tribune: Sudden shortages of gasoline and diesel fuel in southeastern China have highlighted an ongoing debate over how quickly corporate influence and freedom of information are driving China toward a market-based economy. Many service stations in southeastern China, notably in cities near Hong Kong, have abruptly run out of fuel this […]
CDT in the News
- Sky News – Chinese state media appears to censor one of its own videos
- The Guardian – Chinese state media censors itself after highlighting poem about corrupt leaders
- ASPI Daily Tech and Cyber Digest – Meta’s ‘biggest single takedown’ removes Chinese influence campaign | Japan’s cyber security agency suffers months-long breach | FBI, partners dismantle Qakbot infrastructure
- Atlantic Council – Chinese discourse power: Capabilities and impact
- VOA – Chinese Social Media Platforms Fail to Control Racism Against Black People: Report