Apr 28, 2011

Beijing's troubling South China Sea policy

SINGAPORE — China is already one of the world’s largest offshore energy producers. It wants to become bigger still by finding more oil and natural gas in home waters or in zones close to China, to avoid becoming excessively dependent on foreign imports. However, ...

Apr 13, 2011

Nuclear disaster's impact

Japan’s nuclear disaster highlights a contentious and still unresolved issue: how best to manage and dispose of highly radioactive used fuel from reactors that generate electricity. The explosions, fires and radiation leaks at the Fukushima plant not only involve over-heating in some of the ...

Apr 6, 2011

Wanted: clean, safe power

SINGAPORE — If China and other Asian nations shy away from atomic power following Japan’s nuclear crisis, would it intensify the impact of climate change on the region? The question is no longer hypothetical. Many governments have already announced reviews or delays of programs ...

Mar 30, 2011

Lessons of the nuclear crisis

SINGAPORE — Before Japan’s nuclear crisis struck, the world appeared to be on the verge of a nuclear renaissance. An increasing number of countries, especially in Asia, were turning to atomic power to provide electricity for rapid economic growth without the carbon emissions that ...

Mar 27, 2011

Warning to the wise on nuclear plant risks

SINGAPORE — Whether Japan’s nuclear reactor and spent fuel crisis is contained or becomes worse, it has raised concerns about the risks of generating electricity from atomic power, especially in places that are prone to earthquakes and tsunami. If Japan, a leader in science ...

Mar 17, 2011

Calculating the impact of aerosols

SINGAPORE — Scientists have developed an extensive understanding of the impact that carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other global warming gases have on Earth’s climate. These are large-scale emissions from human activity such as burning coal, oil and natural gas, and clearing forests ...

Mar 9, 2011

Beijing's struggle to achieve energy security

SINGAPORE — Since China’s surging demand for oil started to exceed domestic production in the early 1990s, Beijing has been preparing for a range of possible threats to its energy supply — including turmoil in the Middle East. The world’s second largest oil consumer ...

Mar 4, 2011

Why worry about China's nuclear warheads?

SINGAPORE — Latest estimates by Western analysts put China’s stockpile at 240 warheads, with 175 in active mode and 65 in reserve or waiting to be dismantled because they are considered too old for use. This is a small arsenal compared with those of ...

Feb 23, 2011

Economy is key to security

SINGAPORE — Gemba Koichiro, the minister tasked with devising ways to revive Japan’s sagging international influence, recently drew a link between the economic power of a nation and the readiness of other countries to challenge its security interests. Writing in the latest issue of ...

Feb 16, 2011

Asia's fragile oil dependence on the Mideast

SINGAPORE — The prospect of continuing Mideast political instability is widely portrayed as a geostrategic problem for the West, particularly the United States. For years, the U.S. has worked with a de facto coalition of authoritarian Arab regimes to contain Iran and protect Israel. ...