Really interesting inside story from the Copenhagen summit, by Mark Lynas.
Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful "deal" so western leaders would walk away carrying the blame. How do I know this? Because I was in the room and saw it happen.


China knows it is becoming an uncontested superpower; indeed its newfound muscular confidence was on striking display in Copenhagen. Its coal-based economy doubles every decade, and its power increases commensurately. Its leadership will not alter this magic formula unless they absolutely have to.


After all the hope and all the hype, the mobilisation of thousands, a wave of optimism crashed against the rock of global power politics, fell back, and drained away.
Time to make bigger waves and better rocks. Read the whole thing.

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Anonymous mohammed ali said...

China confirms 5 Chinese onboard Singapore-flagged ship hijacked by Somali pirates

Det er godt å registrere at en av emissær Peter M. Johansen tidligere disipler begynner å få normalt gangsyn .

Kina nå står for 45 prosent av verdens Kullproduksjon.

Kina brukte i fjor 2,3 milliarder tonn kull - en tredjedel av verdensforbruket.

Kull står for 80 prosent av elektrisiteten, og 75 prosent av husoppvarmingen i Kina.

Halvparten av kraftverkene som bygges, er av den gamle, skitne sorten. Mange av disse blir satt opp av lokale entreprenører og myndigheter som velger å ignorere miljøkravene fra Beijing. Filtre er dyre i drift, og blir gjerne slått på bare når inspektørene kommer på besøk.

Innen 2010 vil Kina ha kuttet utslippene av svoveldioksid med 10 prosent, skal man tro femårsplanen som startet i fjor. Få tror at det er realistisk. I fjorårets første seks måneder steg disse utslippene nemlig med 6 prosent.

China was the US's accomplice against the Soviet Union in the Afghan jihad in the 1980s and it has has myriad ways to make use of radical and extremist elements as instruments of geopolitics.

China (and Russia) have reason to be on guard that Obama's Afghan surge and the new strategy as a whole essentially aim at pursuing longstanding US strategic interests of controlling Central Asia and containing Russia and China through "soft power" - methods different from those of the previous US administrations. Clearly, the Russian-Chinese cooperation in Central Asia factors in the US game plan in the Hindu Kush, which is shrouded in mystery. Having said that, China will also find it worrisome that Russia tends to speak in two voices at times about its ties with NATO within the "reset" of relations with the US.

January 02, 2010 11:11 am  

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