Alok Sharma: COP26 is for ordinary people, not just climate warriors

By Adam Vaughan COP26 president Alok Sharma during a meeting in New Delhi, India, on 18 August PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images The man charged with leading a successful climate change summit in five weeks’ time insists he is no environmentalist – but is now convinced of the urgency of…

Ben Roback: AUKUS shows that delivering ‘global Britain’ creates losers as well as winners

Ben Roback is Head of Trade and International Policy at Cicero Group. It has been a busy month for geopolitical analysts. Rarely does the world slow down, but a sluggish summer has turned into a busy autumn. Joe Biden abandoned his globalist heritage and pulled the United States out of…

Olivier Guitta: Biden’s decision to snub France will weaken, not embolden, the U.S. in its dealings with China

Olivier Guitta is the Managing Director of GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical risk consulting company for companies and governments. On September 16 President Emmanuel Macron announced that French forces had killed Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the emir of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, in Mali. Coincidentally, al-Sahrawi had been at the…

Battered Guangzhou R&F Gets $1 Billion Financing Pledge From Two Billionaire Shareholders

Guangzhou R&F Chairman Li Sze Lim in 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read … [+] WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images Guangzhou R&F, a China real estate developer whose shares have been battered amid a cascading crisis at debt-strapped China Evergrande Group,…

US, China and India snub Boris Johnson’s climate meeting

The leaders of big polluters China, India and the U.S. will all swerve a climate meeting hosted by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on Monday. Johnson will “press countries to deliver on their commitments” to cut emissions and deliver on finance for…

Xi Jinping calls for a ‘moderate’ Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended ‘an informal meeting’ with officials from Russia, Pakistan and Iran China’s President Xi Jinping on Friday called on the new government in Afghanistan “to adopt prudent and moderate” policies and said its neighbours should encourage Kabul to do so, with Beijing stepping up its diplomacy…

IMF Chief Denies Altering World Bank Report To Avoid Angering China

Kristalina Georgieva rejected its conclusions regarding her role. (FILE) Washington: IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday disputed an independent investigation which found that in her previous job at the World Bank, she pressed staff to alter a report to avoid angering China. Based on the findings, the World Bank announced…

China Slams 'Irresponsible' Three-Way Security Pact on Nuclear-Powered Submarines

China hit out on Thursday at a trilateral security pact between the U.S., the U.K., and Australia that will help Canberra develop nuclear submarines, calling it “severely damaging” to regional peace and stability. Referring to a new security partnership announced on Sept. 15, which is widely viewed as a pushback…

Nasdaq-Traded China Hotel Chain Huazhu Falls After Billionaire Founder Steps Down As CEO

Founder and CEO of Chinese hotel group Huazhu. AFP PHOTO ERIC PIERMONT / AFP PHOTO / Eric … [+] PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images Nasdaq-traded shares in Huazhu Group, one of the largest China-based hotel chains, fell by more than 3%…