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China Buying International Silence on Human Rights

Last week offered one demonstration of the application of China’s growing economic leverage to political ends with the transfer of diplomatic recognition by Taiwan’s longstanding ally Panama from Taipei to Beijing. (Read more on the shift in a subsequent ChinaFile discussion.) This week ...

Fire chief reopens debate over cause of Portugal blaze

GOIS, Portugal: A fire chief reopened the debate over Portugal's deadly forest blaze on Wednesday (Jun 21), arguing it had a criminal origin, as hundreds of firefighters struggled to contain it. Politicians added their voice to those of local people who have questioned the handling of the disaster ...

Does China Have What it Takes to Be a Global Climate Leader?

Following President Trump’s announcement early this month that he would be withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change—a non-binding pledge to limit carbon emissions that the Xi and Obama administrations played key, if reluctant, roles in creating—many were quick to poi...