Developed world needs a BASIC lesson in Durban
Climate change seems all but forgotten thanks to the economic crisis, especially the European Union's (rather eurozone's) debt crisis. The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, is just 16 days away, but international media coverage has been thin compared with Bali 2007 or Copenhagen 2009.
Curbing risks of big banks
While the world kept a watchful eye on the results of the G20 summit in Cannes, France, with respect to the European crisis, it is important to note that the leaders of the G20 formally endorsed the list of 29 "global systemically important banks" (G-SIBs).
High hopes for APEC
When leaders from the 21 economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum meet this weekend in Hawaii, it is expected that they will come up with concrete measures to facilitate closer economic cooperation, so that the region can contribute still more to the global economy.
A good turn deserves another
Before the recent G20 summit in Cannes, France, many Europeans were hoping that China would announce its decision to help the eurozone out of the debt crisis. But the summit is over and Europe has not received such a promise. So what are the prospects for relations between the European Union and China and what might happen in the coming months?
Keep the lid on inflation
That China's inflation rate has slowed for three straight months after peaking at a 37-month high of 6.5 percent in July is solid evidence that there is a desired modest slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy.
Population getting old before it gets rich
The global population hit 7 billion on Oct 31, and along with the growing number of people on the planet, economic and social progress mean more people are living longer and an aging population will become the normal state for human society.
Euro-paralysis at G20 summit
As the eurozone battleground expands from Greece to Italy, G20 must achieve in the future what the Cannes summit could not.
Burning issue for leadership
Our world reached a significant milestone on Oct 31 when a mother gave birth to the Earth's 7 billionth inhabitant.
Wealthy see greener grass abroad
On Oct 20, The Wall Street Journal reported that two US senators are preparing a bill to give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy property in the United States.
Fairness for growth
The high hopes for the meeting of leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies in Hawaii this weekend are well justified.
Suffocating smog has been covering Beijing like a greasy quilt recently.
Slight tweaks not a reversal
There has been increasing speculation over whether there will be a "loosening" of the country's macroeconomic policy following the recent remark by Premier Wen Jiabao that China is gearing up for some "slight, moderate and well-timed" adjustments to its macro regulations.