Nov 18, 2010

China's big stick: trade reprisals

China’s ascent as a trading power and its push for control of disputed islands and seas in East Asia are confronting the region with a new challenge: how to cope with Chinese moves that make recognition of its sovereignty claims a condition for access ...

Nov 12, 2010

Solar energy boom in the American desert

SINGAPORE — In the remote deserts of the United States, a clean energy boom is under way with potentially far-reaching implications for the way future electricity is generated in the sunbelts of Asia and other regions. The U.S. government last month approved a permit ...

Oct 31, 2010

China on path to clean energy leadership

SINGAPORE — China is rapidly becoming a global colossus in renewable energy as it seeks to reduce reliance on polluting fossil fuels and establish itself as a leading clean power manufacturer and exporter. Its rise in some key sectors of the green energy business ...

Oct 26, 2010

Asia needs to make wiser use of its water

SINGAPORE — Photographed from satellites in space, Asia and the other great continents are a spectacular sight. One of the most unique features of the panoramic view is water, in both liquid and frozen forms, which covers about 75 percent of Earth’s surface. It’s ...

Oct 18, 2010

Cirrus cloud-gazers may learn a thing or two about Earth's fate

SINGAPORE — What will happen if global production and consumption remain largely unconstrained by controls to minimize the impact on the Earth’s complex climate system? Prospects for concluding an effective international accord in Mexico in less than two months time remain clouded. Modest progress ...

Sep 30, 2010

What China has joined together

SINGAPORE — China takes pride in the way science and technology have been used to modernize its armed forces. One of the roles of the increasingly powerful Chinese military is to enforce claims to land territory, sea space, fisheries, and ocean bed energy and ...

Sep 23, 2010

Their own private seabeds

SINGAPORE — A bitter sea dispute between China and Japan, Asia’s two biggest economies, is intensifying after the decision of a Japanese court Sunday to extend detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain until Sept. 29. As state television in Beijing reported that China ...

Sep 9, 2010

China corners vital market

In the race to build advanced industrial and military products, China has a key advantage: the world’s biggest reserves of rare earth minerals that are essential to many of these products. China dominates mining of the obscure but strategically vital rare earth elements (REEs) ...

Aug 26, 2010

Will intimidation win China the Yellow Sea?

SINGAPORE — The United States and South Korea announced last week that they would hold the next phase of their joint naval exercises early in September in the Yellow Sea, despite repeated objections from China. The outcome of this test of strength between Washington ...

Aug 19, 2010

Another 'pearl' in Beijing's string of ports

A newly constructed harbor at Hambantota, near Sri Lanka’s southern tip, began filling with water recently in readiness for the first ships in November. The port — which will have a water depth of 17 meters, making it one of the deepest in South ...