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A season of trade agreements aligns ‘winners’ in emerging global order

The signing of the world’s largest free trade deal, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), has given China significant influence in Asia Pacific, which could shape the region’s economic and political landscape for years to come. A group of 15 Countries generating nearly a third (1/3) of global economic output signed the historic agreement that […] Read Full Story

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US-China Talks Resume After Fiery Opening Exchange

  US and Chinese diplomats met for a second day Friday in Anchorage to discuss relations after a clash in opening statements that laid out the two superpowers’ competing views of the world and spelled a difficult period ahead. The two sides lashed out at each other over human rights and geopolitical ambitions before television … Continue reading US-China Talks Resume After Fiery Opening Exchange Read Full Story

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Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”

Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”The destruction of the world’s forests is progressing at a rapid rate. In the run-up to the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2021 and the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems 2021-2030, panelists from international organizations and civil society highlighted the threats linked to the problems of global deforestation. , the lack of effective regulation and the benefits of green urban infrastructure at an online press conference on March 18, convened by Cities4Forests and organized by the REVOLVE communications group (www.REVOLVE.media). Forests cover about 30% of the world’s land area; they provide people and nature with essential ecosystem goods and services, but they continue to be reduced at alarming rates globally, in large part to fuel our consumption patterns. A 2015 study in the journal Nature found that 46% of trees have been felled (https://go.nature.com/2NupUyN) since humans started cutting down forests. Between 1990 and 2016, the […]

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Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”

Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”The destruction of the world’s forests is progressing at a rapid rate. In the run-up to the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2021 and the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems 2021-2030, panelists from international organizations and civil society highlighted the threats linked to the problems of global deforestation. , the lack of effective regulation and the benefits of green urban infrastructure at an online press conference on March 18, convened by Cities4Forests and organized by the REVOLVE communications group (www.REVOLVE.media). Forests cover about 30% of the world’s land area; they provide people and nature with essential ecosystem goods and services, but they continue to be reduced at alarming rates globally, in large part to fuel our consumption patterns. A 2015 study in the journal Nature found that 46% of trees have been felled (https://go.nature.com/2NupUyN) since humans started cutting down forests. Between 1990 and 2016, the […]

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Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”

Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”The destruction of the world’s forests is progressing at a rapid rate. In the run-up to the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2021 and the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems 2021-2030, panelists from international organizations and civil society highlighted the threats linked to the problems of global deforestation. , the lack of effective regulation and the benefits of green urban infrastructure at an online press conference on March 18, convened by Cities4Forests and organized by the REVOLVE communications group (www.REVOLVE.media). Forests cover about 30% of the world’s land area; they provide people and nature with essential ecosystem goods and services, but they continue to be reduced at alarming rates globally, in large part to fuel our consumption patterns. A 2015 study in the journal Nature found that 46% of trees have been felled (https://go.nature.com/2NupUyN) since humans started cutting down forests. Between 1990 and 2016, the […]

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Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”

Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”The destruction of the world’s forests is progressing at a rapid rate. In the run-up to the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2021 and the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems 2021-2030, panelists from international organizations and civil society highlighted the threats linked to the problems of global deforestation. , the lack of effective regulation and the benefits of green urban infrastructure at an online press conference on March 18, convened by Cities4Forests and organized by the REVOLVE communications group (www.REVOLVE.media). Forests cover about 30% of the world’s land area; they provide people and nature with essential ecosystem goods and services, but they continue to be reduced at alarming rates globally, in large part to fuel our consumption patterns. A 2015 study in the journal Nature found that 46% of trees have been felled (https://go.nature.com/2NupUyN) since humans started cutting down forests. Between 1990 and 2016, the […]

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Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”

Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”The destruction of the world’s forests is progressing at a rapid rate. In the run-up to the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2021 and the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems 2021-2030, panelists from international organizations and civil society highlighted the threats linked to the problems of global deforestation. , the lack of effective regulation and the benefits of green urban infrastructure at an online press conference on March 18, convened by Cities4Forests and organized by the REVOLVE communications group (www.REVOLVE.media). Forests cover about 30% of the world’s land area; they provide people and nature with essential ecosystem goods and services, but they continue to be reduced at alarming rates globally, in large part to fuel our consumption patterns. A 2015 study in the journal Nature found that 46% of trees have been felled (https://go.nature.com/2NupUyN) since humans started cutting down forests. Between 1990 and 2016, the […]

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Pandemic lockdowns leave $ 10 billion hole in global economy

Pandemic lockdowns leave $ 10 billion hole in global economyA strong rebound this year would still leave the world on the ground with around $ 10 trillion due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Although the world economy could grow by 4.7% in 2021, it would still find itself “short of $ 10 trillion”, or about double the gross domestic product (GDP) of Japan, compared to if the pandemic had never happened. “Last year, the world economy recorded its largest annual decline in output since the introduction of statistics on aggregate economic activity in the early 1940s,” UNCTAD said Thursday. As rich economies have proposed huge fiscal spending to contain the damage, such as the US $ 1.9 trillion “stimulus package,” and as China resumed growth at the end of 2020, people in smaller and poorer countries are struggling, warned UNCTAD. Developing countries bear the brunt of the […]

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Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa specialist NileDutch

Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa specialist NileDutchThe acquisition considerably strengthens the position of Hapag-Lloyd (www.Hapag-Lloyd.com) in the African market; customers to benefit from an even denser network. Today, Hapag-Lloyd and NileDutch signed a buy and sell agreement whereby Hapag-Lloyd acquires all the shares of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments BV (NileDutch). With over 40 years of expertise, NileDutch is a leading provider of container services to and from West Africa. The company is present in 85 sites around the world and has 16 offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Singapore, China, Angola, Congo and Cameroon. With 10 liner services, around 35,000 TEUs of transport capacity and a container fleet of around 80,000 TEUs, the company connects Europe, Asia and Latin America to West Africa and from South. Based in Rotterdam, NileDutch has some 350 employees worldwide with particular expertise in the African market. “Africa is an important strategic growth market for Hapag-Lloyd. The […]

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Capitalism: East or West? (7)

As Professor Wang Gungwu of the National University of Singapore observes in Mahbubani (2020), “while the world has had many ancient civilizations, the only ancient civilization to fall down four times and rise again is China. As a civilization, China is remarkably resilient (Mahbubani, 2020).” African countries which see China as a model must bear […] Read Full Story

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China industrial output, retail sales surge in pandemic rebound

China’s industrial output and retail sales surged in the first two months of the year, official data showed Monday, underscoring the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Industrial production spiked a forecast-busting 35.1 percent on-year, the biggest bounce in decades, while retail sales also beat expectations with 33.8 percent growth. But the National Bureau of
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18 Killed in Myanmar’s Anti-Coup Protests

18 Killed in Myanmar’s Anti-Coup ProtestsAt least 18 anti-coup protesters were killed Sunday in one of the deadliest days since Myanmar was thrust back under military rule, as a group of ousted MPs urged citizens to “defend themselves” during the nation’s “darkest moment”. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military wrenched civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power in a February 1 putsch, triggering a mass uprising that has seen hundreds of thousands protest daily for a return to democracy. The junta has repeatedly justified its power grab by alleging widespread electoral fraud in November’s elections, which Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won by a landslide. In response, a group of elected MPs, many of whom are in hiding, have formed a shadow “parliament” called the Committee for Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) — the Burmese word for the country’s governing bloc — to denounce the military regime. They issued a statement […]

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18 Killed in Myanmar’s Anti-Coup Protests

18 Killed in Myanmar’s Anti-Coup ProtestsAt least 18 anti-coup protesters were killed Sunday in one of the deadliest days since Myanmar was thrust back under military rule, as a group of ousted MPs urged citizens to “defend themselves” during the nation’s “darkest moment”. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military wrenched civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power in a February 1 putsch, triggering a mass uprising that has seen hundreds of thousands protest daily for a return to democracy. The junta has repeatedly justified its power grab by alleging widespread electoral fraud in November’s elections, which Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won by a landslide. In response, a group of elected MPs, many of whom are in hiding, have formed a shadow “parliament” called the Committee for Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) — the Burmese word for the country’s governing bloc — to denounce the military regime. They issued a statement […]

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BREAKING: WorldQuant University gets DEAC accreditation

BREAKING: WorldQuant University gets DEAC accreditationThe WorldQuant University has been granted institutional accreditation by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The university believe that the accreditation will enable WorldQuant University to expand access to its online and entirely free offerings to more students across the globe. WorldQuant University (WQU), a not-for-profit advancing global education in data sciences, today announced it has been granted accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), a national accreditor of distance education institutions that is formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This milestone recognizes WQU’s work to provide a robust platform and offerings focused on increasing access to global education and data science skills for the future. Accreditation will enable WQU to provide its online and entirely free offerings, including an MSc in Financial Engineering and a continuing education Applied Data Science Module, to more candidates, including in the United States. WQU was built to make high-quality education […]

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China to cooperate with IOC on COVID-19 vaccines provision for Athletes

China to cooperate with IOC on COVID-19 vaccines provision for AthletesChina is willing to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to provide vaccines to athletes preparing to participate in the Olympic Games, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Friday. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said this at a press briefing in response to a question on the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines and international cooperation on vaccines. According to media reports, Thomas Bach, the IOC president, said that the IOC has received a kind offer from the Chinese Olympic Committee to make vaccine doses available for participants in this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Beijing Winter Games in 2022. Preliminary data from a study in Brazil shows that Chinese vaccines could effectively fight the P1 variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Brazil. The Mongolian Deputy Prime Minister Sainbuyan Amarsaikhan spoke highly of the efficacy of Chinese vaccine on social media after receiving his first shots of a COVID-19 vaccine donated by China. “From […]

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