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China’s deafening silence speaks loudest at global climate talks

The Straits Times – 6 November 2021 After the first week of meetings at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, climate experts have noted China’s “deafening silence” at the talks. Noted was their small delegation, lack of voice in talks and their push-back against calls to cut carbon emissions more quickly. Read the full article here.

How Asia is crucial in the battle against climate change

The Economist – 30 October 2021 Despite clear directions of change, it is evident that vested interests in Asia will act to slow cooperation on climate change solutions. This article on The Economist looks at the reliance on coal consumption in Asia and explains why the region is vital in climate stabilisation. Read the full…

Adapt or Abandon? Hard Choices in the Himalayas

T.V. Padma, Sapiens – 27 October 2021 “Home or away, then, these Himalayan communities find that maintaining their cultural identity, heritage, and way of life is an uphill task.” This article on Sapiens documents the struggles of people in the Himalayas as climate change disrupts their livelihoods. Read the full article here.

With Evergrande’s managed collapse, Beijing is sending mixed messages to the markets

Eswar Prasad, Fortune – 6 October 2021 Speaking of the collapse of China’s property giant Evergrande, this article on Fortune states “as implicit guarantees of debt or equity disappear, and as Beijing continues its frontal assault of some of its most prominent companies, investments in China now seem a highly risky proposition”. Read the full…

Analysis: What lies beneath? Hidden debt fears feed China’s property woes

Samuel Shen, Marc Jones and Claire Jim, Reuters – 21 October 2021 As China Evergrande Group trudges on to what looks like the country’s biggest ever corporate failing, this article on Reuters analyses what lies beneath: the hidden debt fears feeding China’s property woes. Read the full article here.

China’s Property Tax Has Look of a Death Foretold

Matthew Brooker, Bloomberg – 21 October 2021 “Some things are so predictable you could almost set your watch by them” according to this opinion article on Bloomberg: China’s planned property tax has been met with resistance from Communist Party leaders, who say that the drastic alterations to the underlying dynamics of the real estate industry…

Why China’s Economy Is Threatened by a Property Giant’s Debt Problems

Alexandra Stevenson and Cao Li, The New York Times – 21 October 2021 How could a property giant’s failure affect China’s economy? According to this article on The New York Times, “Panic from investors and home buyers could spill over into the property market and hit prices, affecting household wealth and confidence. It could also…

Time for orderly resolution for Evergrande is running out

The Economist – 23 October 2021 Time is running out to avert further turbulence in China’s property market as China’s regulators fail to make a plan for delivering on already promised projects, according to this article on The Economist. Read the full article here.

How fall of property giant Evergrande sent a shockwave through China

Helen Davidson and Martin Farrer, The Guardian – 25 September 2021 “The potential collapse – the culmination of years of borrowing – has sent shockwaves through the finance and property sectors, and prompted concern that it could affect China’s entire financial system, even international markets.” This article on The Guardian discusses how the fall of…