Over the last years, Asia has undergone an impressive digital transformation. Large parts of the continent have turned from the world’s factory into a creative industry. Digitalization has become a driving force of social and economic change. This certainly means more opportunities for innovation and growth for many countries. However, on the flipside, if new technologies are in the wrong hands they can also be used as a mean to abuse power.
Competing trade agreements and planned infrastructure investments are dilemmas that ASEAN can only successfully solve if they approach the challenges as group that lets go if its consensus decision-making and allows for countries´ flexible participation.
Food is a highly political issue. Nowhere is this more true than in Asia. This publication seeks to illustrate some conflicting issues in the field of food and nutrition. The contributions highlight a selection of fields, where political action is needed to ensure that there is enough food on people's plate, which is also healthy and nutritious.
The UK’s divorce from the EU has diminished the hope of both the British and the Chinese in placing the UK as a spring board to the whole European market. Beijing is losing its newly acquired “best partner in the West”.
Change is under way for the world’s biggest coal consumer; consumption in 2014 was down. Renewables are up. Coal-fired power plants are working at less than full capacity. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.
With their presentation of specific topics and discourses, the media construct specific realities that shape a society’s images of other regions. This comprehensive study analyzes the portrayal of China in German media. Originally published in German, this summary summary shows the essential results.
How exactly does global warming influence the permafrost and glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau - the Third Pole of the earth? What kind of measures are the local government and herders taking to deal with it? With these questions the Climate Change Journalists' Club organised for some journalists from Xinhua News Agency, Science and Technology Daily, China Youth Daily, China Daily, China News Week, Science Times and Caijing Magazine to travel to and report on Tibet during Sept. 9-17, 2008. This is the article published after the trip by
By Sun Xiaohua in the China Daily.
Since the mid-1990s, the Chinese government has channelled massive amounts of subsidies into Western China. While Tibetan areas have experienced some degree of economic development in the wake of this aid, it has mostly been Chinese-owned companies that have reaped the benefits, leaving the Tibetans behind. Andrew Martin Fischer argues that this ongoing economic disadvantage of Tibetans is one reason for tensions building up and finally been vented in 2008.
By Andrew Fischer
In August 2010, a deadly mudslide hit Zhuoqu County, a Tibetan area in Gansu Province, China, leaving behind a scene of destruction, more than 700 dead people and over 1000 people missing. Claude Arpi, an independent journalist and commentator of China-India-Tibet issues, connects this environmental disaster to the mega hydro projects in the area, and he warns that large-scale hydroelectric plant construction on the Tibetan Plateau will have far reaching consequences for South Asia.
By Claude Arpi