According to recent US-China research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on October 19, prices of solar and coal power in China might become equal by 2023. China, the world's largest carbon emitter, may be approaching a turning point in its shift to renewable energy. China will have the capability to build solar electricity across the country at the same cost as coal in two years.
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Days after the Unites States and Russia conducted its nuclear weapon's test, China seems to be in the heated race to test its own power of nuclear warheads. It was seen that a rocket carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle was launched, which flew through space, circling around the globe. It later cruised down towards its target, and missed by about two dozen miles.
The United States Of America has become the world's center for Bitcoin mining. The country accounted for 35.4 percent of the global hash rate, which is a measure used to extract the digital currency. According to reports, China's observed share of Bitcoin mining has hit zero, which is down from as high as a 75% in September 2019.
Megha Rajagopalan, a journalist of Indian origin along with two of her contributors won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting, on June 11. She won the award for her investigative reports that exposed the prisons and internment camps built by China to detain thousands of Muslims in the Xinjiang region. ''I'm in complete shock, I did not expect this," said Ms Rajagopalan.
The US and China have agreed to cooperate on the grounds of urgent climate crisis. World's two biggest carbon polluters released a statement saying that they “are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis”. Giving an urgent call to tackle the climate menace with seriousness, the agreement came after POTUS Joe Biden's virtual meet with global leaders on the climate crisis.
Days after subduing response from India over US warship trespass in India's Exclusive Economic Zone on April 7, the Chinese media urged India to re-evaluate relations with the US. While Pentagon deemed the US's actions to be valid under freedom of navigation, India expressed distaste and reported the matter through diplomatic channels. However, the US has not yet approved the United Nations Law of the Sea.
Global brands like H&M and Nike are under fire for accusing China that cotton from Xinjiang is produced by the forced labour of Uyghur captives. They are in a dilemma as failing to stop the use of Xinjiang cotton may invite legal trouble from Washington with the US ban on imports. Besides, purging Xinjiang cotton will invite the wrath of the Chinese government which may get their business boycotted.
According to the study by the WHO and China, the origin of COVID-19 is unlikely to be a lab leak. The study emphasis on the transmission of COVID-19 to human from the bat is likely through an animal. Reportedly, the virus was allegedly originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China. The report was delayed due to the Chinese government restricting the study on the origin of the virus.
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A recent study released by Military Direct has revealed that India stands fourth in terms of military strength with 61 out of 100 points. While China, scoring 82 points, topped the list, the United States and Russia stood second and third with 74 and 69 points respectively. Notably, the US emerged as the highest spender on the military with a budget of $732 billion a year followed by China and India.
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US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin is all set to travel to Asia to discuss defence strategies with American allies. The Pentagon chief also aims to foster a credible deterrence against China. Reportedly, as a part of his first official trip, Lloyd has started from Hawaii to the Indo-Pacific regions, including India. The US military is mainly focusing on maintaining capabilities to offer a credible deterrence to China by strengthening… read-more