By Vijay Prashad Oil ministers recently gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, the epicenter of an oil rush that took place a century ago. They came for the 13th meeting of the ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC states. Before the meeting, all eyes were on Saudi Arabia and Russia, the leading … Continue reading Venezuela’s future depends on China, Russia
Safe, high-density battery developed in Hong Kong is tipped to boost penetration of renewable energy A safe, high-rate and long-life oxygen battery that exploits a potassium biphenyl complex anode instead of the problematic potassium metal anode has recently been developed by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The technology promises a safe and … Continue reading New battery to revolutionize energy storage
By Xuan Loc Doan Over the past month, some international news outlets have reported that Vietnam is pursuing a strong stance on the South China Sea. Yet a closer look at Hanoi’s overall position – as well as those of other countries and international entities – vis-à-vis the maritime issue shows that is not the … Continue reading Is Vietnam adopting a tough South China Sea posture?
The growing hostility of Western governments to China is more about the interests of Western investors than legitimate security fears By Stephen Gowans The United States stations 320,000 troops in the vicinity of China , maintains a continuous B-52 bomber presence in the region, including over waters claimed by the East Asian giant,  and … Continue reading The US war on China’s economic model
By Ken Moak The January 5 edition of the South China Morning Post reported that the US passed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) to reaffirm and reassure its “allies” that America is committed to protecting and promoting democracy in the Asia-Pacific. To do so, America will spend US$1.5 billion annually for five years to … Continue reading US initiative would fail to contain China and put allies at risk