Category Archives: Environment 环境

2022: Secretary Xi on Issues for China’s Development

Released now, part of the full text of Xi Jinping’s speech last December on economic development. A patern seen over and over is that major speeches seem to come out first as summaries and only later, perhaps after a process … Continue reading

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Why Does Central Document #1 Still Stress Food Security?

Food security is always a concern in China, a 1.3 billion population country that still remembers the bad economic and agricultural policy-induced famine that killed upwards of 30 million Chinese during 1959-1961. In the mid 1990s, many Chinese experts shared … Continue reading

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PRC Scholars on China’s Goals for Stopping Carbon Emission Increases and then Moving as Quickly as Possible to Carbon Neutrality

Translated text of the article 碳达峰、碳中和的经济学解读 [ Explaining the Economics of Reaching Peak Carbon and Carbon Neutrality ] Guangming Ribao June 22, 2021. Also distributed in Chinese by the PRC official Xinhua Press Agency.   Editor’s note.   In September 2020, General … Continue reading

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Sea Drone “Spy” Caught by Chinese Fishermen

On Twitter today I saw a mention of a report that several Chinese fishermen have caught sea drones lately. Chinese Central Television described the device that a Chinese fisherman caught off Jiangsu Province coast as a three-meter long automated boat … Continue reading

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Late 1990s Reading Notes: PRC Scholars on Xinjiang

While working in the US Embassy Beijing Environment, Science and Technology Section in the late 1990s, I collected some books on Xinjiang. I went on a ten-day trip there in 1997 planning to do a report on desertification and implementation … Continue reading

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1990s: PRC Scholars on Xinjiang — Analysis and Policy Recommendations

Here are some reading notes I made while working in the U.S. Embassy Beijing Environment, Science and Technology Section (1996 – 2001). These I have copied from the old U.S. Embassy Beijing website preserved on the Internet Archive. Here I … Continue reading

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2009: Censored — Tang Xiyang’s A Green World Tour

It can be so very hard to imagine what it could have been like to live in a totalitarian state. While I worked in the S&T section at U.S. Embassy Beijing in China, I knew the Chinese environmentalist Tang Xiyang.   … Continue reading

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1997: Should Chinese Environmental Quality Reports No Longer Be Kept Secret?

I just ran across a translation I did twenty years ago — it is an interview in Sanlian Shenghuo Weekly with NPC Environment Committee Chair Qu Geping  曲格平 [China Vitae: http://www.chinavitae.com/biography/Qu_Geping%7C1685   %5D Interesting to meditate upon on how times have changed and … Continue reading

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Armed with Marxism, Chinese Science PhDs Strike Back

Science is a good thing!  科学是个好东西! Just like Democracy is a good thing!  民主是个好东西!Going back to May Fourth at least. Seeing ideological quotations in scientific journals does bring me back a ways.  I remember seeing boldfaced Mao quotes in medical … Continue reading

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2017: Li Woteng: China Should Fill the Leadership Void Left by the United States

When I saw this article in the Chinese language edition of the Financial Times by independent scholar Li Woteng   黎蜗藤,  it made be think of the interview that former U.S. Embassy Beijing Chargé d’affaires David Rank had on the PBS … Continue reading

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