Unrealistic targets and the energy transition

After years of dragging its feet, Western public opinion demands progress towards decarbonization. One of the best examples is the International Energy Agency (IEA) report on “

The US decoupling from China

Globalization has relocated countless companies and vast capital to China. Many supply chains depend on Chinese companies, as we saw when medical and sanitary supplies were needed to

OPEC, US, Saudi Arabia and the cutback of oil production

On October 5, OPEC+ decided to reduce oil production by two million barrels per day (b/d). OPEC lowered its 2022 global oil demand growth forecast for the fourth

Nord Stream sabotage and the divide in the West

On 26 and 27 September, four explosions in Danish and Swedish waters destroyed parts of the Nord Stream gas pipelines. According to The Nord Stream pipelines

How to fight the ‘fratelli’ of the  anti-system

The growth of the far right in Europe is causing hysteria and conceptual misunderstandings. They are ultranationalist, sovereigntist, racist, intolerant of immigrants and refugees, and advocate for the primacy

The dilemmas of balancing Sino-Australian relations

Australia has a sui generis evolution — from being Terra Australis Incognita to a penitentiary settlement, to “the lucky country” (due to an abundance of resources and distance

Smart power with Chinese characteristics

In terms of hard power, China has, first of all, the size of its economy and the strength of its domestic market. In addition, the competitiveness of goods

‘Let’s eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us’

We've known for several decades that there is no way for our civilization and most life on the planet to survive a nuclear war, even a limited one, and the

‘State capitalism’, the private sector and the CPC in China (II)

China's openness and reform policy was initiated in 1979, but only in the late 1990s did it begin to privatize and significantly reduce its state-owned enterprises (SOE) sector. In the

‘State capitalism’, the private sector and the CPC in China (I)

The economic system in China has been described as one of "state capitalism," i.e. a market economy predicated on competition among state-owned enterprises. However, the system is a mixed one,

The Future of Hong Kong and the GBA on the 25th Anniversary of the SAR

Last June, the Portugal-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and Industry and two other Hong Kong associations organized a seminar in Lisbon commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special

The shift of Chinese investment in the EU

According to a recent study by researchers at Rhodium Group and MERICS, Chinese foreign investment stagnated in 2021. While global foreign direct investment (FDI) has recovered sharply, outward

The leadership ‘imprisoned’ by the zero-Covid policy

The Chinese government is committed to eradicating covid internally by maintaining endless waves of mass testing, tracking the contacts of those infected (through the use of metadata), locking down numerous

Lockdowns and the slowdown of the Chinese economy

In the face of China’s worst outbreaks of Covid-19, authorities are continuing to pursue a zero-Covid policy, having imposed indefinite lockdowns on approximately 373 million people in at least 45

The real estate sector and the economic slowdown in China (II)

Rising real estate prices and underlying speculation, leveraged in bank financing and intertwined with land allocated by local governments, have driven the real estate sector into an unsustainable situation. This

The real estate sector and the economic slowdown in China (I)

Although China's gross domestic profit (GDP) growth reached Real estate accounts for In order to stabilize housing prices, force real estate developers to reduce bank debt and reduce commercial banks'

European investment and endless lockdowns in China

On May 5, The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, in partnership with Roland Berger, released a survey on the The introduction in 2022 of more stringent Covid-19 containment

‘Global NATO’ and the long-term precedent

From time to time the proposal for a "global NATO" appears on the table: that is, the extension of NATO's "jurisdiction" to the global scale. According to this idea, NATO and

The financing of the BRI

The estimated overall cost of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is, by nature, ill-defined as there are still projects being discussed and several of those agreed upon may not

Globalization, China and the war in Ukraine

Since implementing economic reforms in 1979, with the opening to foreign trade and investment, China experienced One of the factors contributing to this growth is globalization.

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