As the headlines today are dominated by shrieking reports over the rate of the melting Arctic Sea ice, several nations of the Pacific are taking advantage of this fact, in pursuit of new Arctic sea routes. While many immediately assume that this fact of melting Arctic ice means than human economic activity must be halted, these nations are not so easily fooled.
While Hillary Clinton's State Department has taken credit (with justification) for opening up relations with Myanmar and dropping the useless sanctions policies imposed for years by the U.S., it is often played as an effort to drag Myanmar away from China. This is also how many viewed Obama’s recent “historic” trip to that nation.
In a beautiful affirmation of the rights of the peoples and nations of this planet to develop their resources, the builder of the 3.5-billion-dollar Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River in Laos announced a ground-breaking ceremony for the beginning of river-bed work this Wednesday, Nov. 7, despite howls of protest from the Queen's Green hoards.
China's Institute of Atomic Energy announced yesterday that its indigenously-developed China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR) has passed its final reactor checks, and is ready for full operation. The small demonstration reactor, which has a generating capacity of 20MW, achieved nuclear fission criticality in July 2010, and was connected to the electric grid a year later.
An agreement has been signed between astronomers and space scientists in China and the U.S. to exchange data and cooperate in using lunar science instruments that will be on Chinese and American spacecraft. Next year, China plans to launch its Chang'e-3 mission, which will land a rover on the Moon.
The international angle of accomplishing a new, global development perspective characterized by Glass-Steagall and NAWAPA will be fostered through a close partnership between the United States, Russia, and China. This page is a continuing exploration of the potentials of that arrangement.