Dec 15, 2011

Sunny days ahead for the solar power industry

The solar power industry in Asia and other key growth markets is struggling in a competitive bloodbath. Companies are producing far more solar cells and panels than they can sell. However, demand for solar power has been stimulated by the 70 percent fall in ...

Nov 24, 2011

U.S. lays out its Asia-Pacific plans

The United States has set out more clearly than before how it plans to shape Asia-Pacific security and prosperity in the 21st century. The key question that countries in the region must now decide is the extent to which U.S. terms for long-term engagement ...

Nov 16, 2011

Methane time bomb is ticking

Scientific research shows that the need for resolute action to curb global warming from fossil fuel burning is become increasingly urgent. Yet policymakers in Japan and many other countries find it more difficult to take the necessary measures because they are costly and unpopular ...

Oct 22, 2011

TPP key to America's future economic success in Asia

The United States has engaged Asia for most of the time since the end of World War II with unquestioned economic strength as well as unrivaled military power. That has been changing in recent years, as China and other emerging Asian economies rise and ...

Oct 14, 2011

The volatile politics of rice

A campaign promise that helped bring Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her political party to power in July elections is roiling the global market for rice, Asia’s staple food that is now eaten by nearly half the world’s population. They promised their government ...

Oct 7, 2011

Nuclear power's face looking rested

The catastrophic accident at Japan’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant earlier this year undermined confidence in, and support for, nuclear power around the world. The plant north of Tokyo on the Pacific coast was hit by a series of explosions, fires and serious radiation ...

Sep 30, 2011

The challenge of managing a flammable Earth

To what extent will our future on Earth be shaped by fire? As the world gets hotter, the risk of more and bigger fires increases. 2010 was the hottest year on record, with global temperatures 0.53 degree Celsius above the 1961-1990 average. This year ...

Sep 14, 2011

China plays hardball with Russia on energy deals

China’s President Hu Jintao has a reserved demeanor. So it is hard to imagine him as a poker player. But in energy politics with neighboring Russia, he certainly is. On a visit in midyear to the world’s biggest natural gas exporter and one of ...

Sep 8, 2011

China turns up the heat

As Chinese President Hu Jintao greeted his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino in Beijing recently at the start of a state visit, the official Xinhua news agency laid out terms for a sustained improvement in relations between the world’s second biggest economy and its much ...

Sep 1, 2011

Beijing wastes no time with Noda

China lost no time warning Yoshihiko Noda what it expected of him, after he was chosen by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan as its leader this week and subsequently was elected prime minister. The official Xinhua news agency said on Aug. 29 that ...