Category Archives: China

China | China’s Green Shift is Positioning it to Overtake US in Energy Technology, Security

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The Guardian reports that air pollution in 62 Chinese cities fell by 30% between 2013 and 2016, according to the World Health Organization. Beijing, the capital, fell from a global 4th place ranking on polluted air to 187th.

USA | US Defense Budget Not That Much Bigger Than China, Russia: Gen. Milley

“I’ve seen comparative numbers of US defense budget versus China, US defense budget versus Russia,” Gen. Milley said. “What is not often commented on is the cost of labor. We’re the best paid military in the world by a long shot. The cost of Russian soldiers or Chinese soldiers is a tiny fraction.”

Sweden | Global military spending remains high at $1.7 trillion

Total world military expenditure rose to $1739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1 per cent in real terms from 2016, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China’s military expenditure rose again in 2017, continuing an upward trend in spending that has lasted for more than two decades. Russia’s military spending fell for the first time since 1998, while spending by the United States remained constant for the second successive year. The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible from today at www.sipri.org.

South Korea | US, China in talks over THAAD withdrawal

By Na Jeong-ju, Yi Whan-woo

The U.S. and China are discussing a possible withdrawal of a U.S. missile defense system from South Korea as part of a grand bargain over North Korea’s nuclear program, multiple sources familiar with the talks said.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, deployed in South Korea last year, has been a bone of contention with China. China has doubted U.S. claims that the system has the sole purpose of destroying missiles from North Korea, insisting its covert mission is to spy on Chinese airspace.

China | China-US trade talks: Beijing and Washington agree only to keep talking after two days of dialogue

China and the United States wrapped up their first round of trade talks on Friday with no breakthrough, agreeing only to have more dialogue to ease tensions.

A short statement released by state-run Xinhua said both sides were still “very divided” on some issues and “more work needed to be done”.