Wendy Sherman’s Remarks at Global China Event

US Department of State





FEBRUARY 15, 2023

Good morning everyone. Thank you, Suzanne, for that introduction, and thank you to the team at Brookings for organizing today’s discussion.

You know, when we first talked about doing an event tied to your Global China program, the topic was, in a sense, evergreen. We could have planned this conversation virtually anytime.

The People’s Republic of China, the challenges it poses, the stakes for global norms and values, the strategies and policy choices demanded from the United States and our partners — these questions have stood front and center from the moment President Biden took office.

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Turmoil in global LNG markets is curbing long-term demand growth

February 15, 2023, IEEFA


Key Takeaways:

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upended global LNG markets last year—spurring Europe to buy record amounts of LNG, and pushing prices to their highest level ever

In Asia, LNG has earned a reputation as an expensive and unreliable fuel source, clouding future demand

The EU is taking aggressive steps to trim gas consumption, which could render new LNG import capacity unneeded

Although LNG markets may remain tight for several years, the global LNG market will see a wave of new projects coming online in 2025-27—potentially leading to a supply-demand mismatch and financial risks for LNG suppliers and traders


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CFR – Daily News Brief – Feb. 17, 2023

Top of the Agenda

Munich Security Conference Focuses on Ukraine War Effort

Hundreds of Western officials are in Munich to discuss boosting support for Ukraine, which could include further military aid and stronger sanctions against Russia. In a video address to attendees, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed for accelerated weapons deliveries (NYT) to defend against Russian forces. A report issued by the chair of the conference warned that “revisionist actors” are threatening the international order, but also said that the order should better address (DW) the interests of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The leaders of countries including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom are expected to attend the security conference, while both Russia and Iran were uninvited (FT). Instead, the Belarusian and Russian presidents met separately to discuss their alliance. Meanwhile, Russian shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut killed five people (Kyiv Independent) yesterday, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said.
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What is Blue Carbon?

Blue carbon is the term for carbon captured by the world’s ocean and coastal ecosystems.

National Ocean Service

This is an image of a mangrove, but did you know it is also an image of a sink? A carbon sink.
Yes, this is an image of a mangrove, but did you know it is also an image of a sink? A carbon sink. Don’t know what that is? Read below.
Did you know?

NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves and their partners are working to make wetlands conservation and restoration profitable while lessening greenhouse gas emissions through blue carbon financial markets. These markets balance projects that feature heat-trapping emissions with contributions that take carbon out of the atmosphere. Efforts thus far have produced the first-ever U.S. guide that makes salt marsh restoration eligible for international carbon markets; research that documents carbon storage capabilities in the marsh; workshops and school curricula on the topic; and newsletters and technical assistance.

Something that has a significant effect on our daily lives and is stored within the largest system of water on our planet must be a household name, right? Not necessarily. Have you ever heard of blue carbon? Chances are the answer is no, but perhaps you know more than you realize.

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Big Oil’s Big Lies: How the industry denied global warming – 2 parts

Big Oil’s Big Lies: How the industry denied global warming – Part 1 | People and Power

Big Oil’s Big Lies: How the industry denied global warming – Part 2 | People and Power

Al Jazeera English – 9-2-2023

More than 40 years ago, the world’s largest and most profitable oil companies began to understand the effects their products were having on our climate. Their own scientific research told them so – well before it became common knowledge.

But for the next four decades – time we could have better spent transitioning to greener forms of energy – they sought to discredit and downplay evidence of global warming and the calamities it would lead to; wildfires, rising sea levels, extreme storms and much else besides. Tiếp tục đọc “Big Oil’s Big Lies: How the industry denied global warming – 2 parts”

Tiếc cho mía đường miền Tây! – Nông dân bỏ mía, nhà máy đường đóng cửa: hãy để thị trường tự điều chỉnh!

Tiếc cho mía đường miền Tây!

Trung Chánh – Thứ Ba, 10/01/2023

Kinh tế Sài Gòn Online Việc áp thuế chống bán phá giá đối với đường mía của Thái Lan cũng như áp thuế chống lẩn tránh biện pháp phòng vệ thương mại đối với đường mía có nguồn gốc của Thái Lan từ một số nước khu vực Đông Nam Á (ASEAN) được xem là điều kiện quan trọng để thúc đẩy phát triển ngành mía đường Việt Nam nói chung và Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long (ĐBSCL) nói riêng. Tuy nhiên, điều đó vẫn khó có thể cứu được ngành mía đường ở ĐBSCL khi “căn bệnh” của ngành sản xuất này đã lan rộng.

Hàng loạt nhà máy đường ở miền Tây phải đóng cửa hoặc hoạt động cầm chừng vì không có mía nguyên liệu. Ảnh minh hoạ: CTV

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