The UK-China Civilian Nuclear Agreement

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By Jane Nakano, Michelle Melton Oct 23, 2015

This week, Xi Jinping made his first visit to the United Kingdom as the president of the People’s Republic of China. Both governments hope that the visit will inaugurate a “golden era” of trade relations. President Xi’s visit highlights the budding cooperation between the two countries in the area of civilian nuclear energy. Among the roughly £30 billion in deals inked between the two countries was a Chinese commitment to partially fund the first nuclear plant to be built in the United Kingdom since 1995 and the first new nuclear plant in the European Union since the 2011 Fukushima accident. The announcement during Xi’s visit of an agreement to allow substantial Chinese participation in the UK civil nuclear program signifies a new era for China’s nuclear export program and perhaps for the global nuclear industry. It also provides fodder for ongoing debates about the costs and benefits of using nuclear power to address climate change and the national security implications of allowing foreign investment in critical infrastructure. We outline the scope of nuclear cooperation, explain the key factors driving the deal, and discuss the potential implications for the global nuclear industry. Continue reading “The UK-China Civilian Nuclear Agreement”

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Myanmar’s Path to Electrification: The Role of Distributed Energy Systems

By Rachel Posner Ross

Power lines in Labutta, Myanmar. Source: AX's flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

Power lines in Labutta, Myanmar. Source: AX’s flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

CSIS – With Myanmar’s historic elections around the corner, the international community has focused its attention on this former military regime’s transformation toward democracy. But in every political scenario following the November 2015 elections, Myanmar has immense needs for investments to mitigate problems with energy access, capacity, and reliability that hinder the country’s prospects for economic development. Today, Myanmar has one of the lowest electrification rates in Asia. The recent census documented only 32 percent of households use electricity as the main energy source for lighting and 69 percent still use firewood as the primary energy source for cooking. The communities and businesses already connected to the national grid experience frequent power outages due to inadequate supplies and degraded infrastructure. As Myanmar’s rural population seeks tangible improvements to their quality of life, electrification represents an opportunity for the government to bring near-term legitimacy to the political and economic reform agenda. Continue reading “Myanmar’s Path to Electrification: The Role of Distributed Energy Systems”

“Đừng say bằng rượu rẻ tiền” – Đừng biến Cái Mép – Thị Vải thành “copycat”

“Đừng say bằng rượu rẻ tiền”

Vũ Đặng Dương – Thứ Năm,  5/11/2015, 07:24 (GMT+7)

Tàu du lịch cập cảng Tân Cảng – Cái Mép, thuộc cụm cảng Cái Mép – Thị Vải hồi tháng 6-2015. Ảnh: Đào Loan

(TBKTSG) – Đang có hai thái cực trong cách nhìn nhận về cụm cảng Cái Mép – Thị Vải. Nguy hiểm ở chỗ, cả hai thái cực nêu trên đều có thể dẫn đến những sự chệch hướng chính sách.

Chỉ hai tuần sau khi đại diện Cục Hàng hải Việt Nam cho biết sẽ báo cáo Bộ Giao thông Vận tải (GTVT) xem xét hạn chế lượng hàng qua các cảng ở TPHCM nhằm chuyển bớt hàng về cụm cảng Cái Mép – Thị Vải (CM-TV), ngày 29-10, tàu CSCL Star cập cảng quốc tế Cái Mép (CMIT), đánh dấu một cột mốc quan trọng cho cụm cảng CM-TV khi tiếp nhận tàu có sức chở trên 14.000 TEU đến làm hàng.

Tàu CSCL Star, thuộc hãng tàu China Shipping, hoạt động trên tuyến dịch vụ FAL23, kết nối các cảng châu Á với Bắc Âu. Cũng trong buổi lễ đón tàu, Thứ trưởng Bộ GTVT Nguyễn Văn Công cho biết số lượng tàu vào cảng CMIT trong chín tháng đầu năm 2015 đã tăng 40% so với cùng kỳ năm 2014. Continue reading ““Đừng say bằng rượu rẻ tiền” – Đừng biến Cái Mép – Thị Vải thành “copycat””