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But the game has changed after President Tsai Ing-wen of the DPP took office in May 2016. She doesn’t accept the ‘1992 Consensus’ and now it looks like Beijing is punishing Taiwan. Taiwanese President Tsai visited El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua in January to bolster her alliances after then President-elect Trump caused outcry in Beijing by accepting a congratulatory phone call from her early December.

China’s poaching of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies

The Republic of China (ROC), the official name of the island of Taiwan, has long used development aid and assistance to keep its handful of diplomatic partners onside but (People’s Republic of) China, has become an economic superpower

The UN is currently hosting its first ocean conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Our oceans are in crisis – here are 5 things we can do to save them

Three billion people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein, according to the Marine Stewardship Council

Responding to the rupture in diplomatic relations and the military suspension, sources close to the Malaysian foreign ministry said that the government was advising its agencies to remain neutral in the dispute with Qatar. Some sources cautioned however that the defence and interior ministries may adopt a more independent approach.

The global dimensions of the Qatar crisis

The policy of side-stepping the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly untenable for non-Arab Muslim nations and China

It is critical that we do not waste time on old business models in the face of scientific evidence of the risks they are associated with and their impact on the environment. Global decarbonization is essential in the longer term, and moreover it is good business. Renewables are simple to build, quick to bring to market, flexible in scale, and their costs are coming down quickly because of a huge technology boom, making them able to work around the world without subsidies. By comparison, with legacy technologies having a much longer time to market, and with an amortization profile of 20 years or more, we tie ourselves to the lose/lose choice of stranded assets, increasingly high environmental risk profiles, and dependence from volatile commodities.

Climate action: how can we revive the ’Spirit of Paris’?

Under this Italian Presidency, the G7 has a unique opportunity: to revive the ‘Spirit of Paris’ by taking decisive action to mitigate climate risk and the negative environmental impact of our actions

Technology is already moving at a pace that makes “climate-smart” decisions inevitable even if climate change is not a consideration for investment choices. The energy transition is already underway in many nations. Renewable energy options are out-competing incumbent supplies. Fossil fuel rich nations are not blind to this trend – Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is aiming for “renewable energy installations, primarily of solar and wind, of 9.5 GW by 2023.” It is not just the power sector that is shifting. Transport technology changes are opening up the market for electrification of vehicles, changing the landscape for the future of travel. These new realities are politically relevant and are fundamental to the economic success of countries and the wellbeing of their citizens.

The US has ditched the Paris climate agreement - what does this mean for the rest of the world?

After just five months in power, the new President of the US has done it. He has ripped up the most powerful demonstration of collective and responsible global citizenship that the world has experienced in this century

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