Mar 13, 2019

Indian Expert: India can Learn from China in Fighting Pollution

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed strategic resolve to enhance the building of an ecological civilization and to protect the country’s beautiful scenery in the northern border areas when attending a panel discussion with his fellow deputies from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress(NPC) in Beijing, March 5. Growing environmental concerns are a common challenge for all nations in a fast changing world. Although pollution has choked great swathes of the world’s two most-populous countries, China and India, for decades, the Chinese government under the leadership of President Xi Jinping has made considerable progress in environmental protection, improving the quality of air, soil and water, as well as advocacy of ecological improvement since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012. Such efforts have been reflected in China’s national development strategies such as its “War on Pollution” and the “Blue Sky Protection Campaign,” as well as the public statements of Chinese leaders. China’s Road of Fighting Pollution In recent years, China has placed environmental protection and ecological security among the top of its agenda of the annual Two Sessions. On March 5, 2019, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered the government work report during the second annual session of the 13th NPC. While reviewing last year’s achievements in terms […]

China and Russia in Central Asia: Is Cooperation Possible and in What Areas?

Central Asia (CA), located in the center of the Eurasian continent, is a potential transport bridge between Europea and the dynamic Southeast Asia. First of all, the potential of this region is associated with the development of its transit capabilities and its implementation can give a serious impetus to the development of CA states suffering from the land-locked geographic location, the economic crisis, weak economic diversification, and an outdated technological base. Russia traditionally plays an important role in the development of this region, historically, economically and politically associated with most of the states of this region, especially with the former Soviet republics of CA (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan), and China, which is interested in ensuring the transportation of goods to Europe and ready to make significant investments to create the necessary infrastructure for this under the initiative of the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB). Security Issue However, we should not forget that the practical implementation of these projects requires ensuring security in this region, especially given its geographical proximity to the states of the Middle East and Afghanistan. Threats to security in this region are mainly transboundary in nature, and the efforts of the states of the region themselves are not enough to overcome them. They need the help of external players to overcome the identified challenges and […]