Biden’s burdens grow: Sagging global economy adds to US woes

WASHINGTON (AP) – As President Joe Biden embarks on Asia on Thursday, he’s facing a new risk at home for the economy and his Democratic Party: a global slowdown caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the pandemic shutting down Chinese cities and factories. The world economy can not cast US ballots. But it’s a … Read more

Australia election: Xi Jinping looms large over political campaign

Brisbane, Australia CNN – The faces of Australian election candidates are plastered on campaign posters across the country – but there’s one face that stands out, and it belongs to Xi Jinping. The Chinese leader, though not a participant in any modern democracy, has become a familiar presence in a campaign dogged by allegations of … Read more

China’s harsh lockdowns could exacerbate population crisis

And so when a Shanghai family refused to be taken from their home into government quarantine during the city’s sixth week of lockdown, a police officer warned them with what he thought would be a powerful threat to bring them to heel – their children’s future. “If you do not obey the orders from the … Read more

China blockchain explainer: What is BSN?

China has made blockchain technology a strategic priority. Blockchain-based Service Network, or BSN, is part of its efforts to boost its capabilities in the sector. Yuichiro Chino | Moment | Getty Images Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared that his country needs to “seize the opportunities” presented by blockchain technology. In a speech in 2019, … Read more

Biden names envoy to SE Asia bloc, stressing US attention

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden on Friday announced he is nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration’s commitment to the Pacific region. Biden announced his decision to nominate Yohannes Abraham, chief of staff to the White House National Security … Read more

Recession Fears Loom Large Over Bullish Oil Market

The price of gasoline in the US hit an all-time high on Tuesday as the national average spiked $ 0.17 / gallon from last week to $ 4.37 / gallontopping the previous all-time high set March 8. The European Union’s discussion of pulling back from buying Russian oil has sent additional shock waves through an … Read more

Catholic cardinal, others arrested on Hong Kong security law

HONG KONG (AP) – A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal, a singer and at least two others have been arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security, in an action widely condemned as a further sign of Beijing’s erosion of rights in the city. The arrests further expand … Read more

Is This The Most Disruptive Event Ever For US Solar?

As much as 17.5 gigawatts (GWac) of planned US solar capacity installations in 2022 are in doubt after the Department of Commerce (DOC) opened an investigation into panel imports from southeast Asia, Rystad Energy research shows. The US was expected to install 27 GWac of solar energy capacity in the utility, residential, and commercial and … Read more

Marcos presidency complicates US efforts to counter China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s apparent landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election is giving rise to immediate concerns about a further erosion of democracy in the region, and could complicate American efforts to blunt growing Chinese influence and power in the Pacific. Marcos, the son and namesake of longtime dictator Ferdinand Marcos, … Read more