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Commentaries

October 27, 2021
Mark Grimsditch, Natalie Bugalski
When the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was first announced by China in 2013, a flurry of speculation erupted around which countries would join and how closely the new institution would follow the path trodden by traditional multilateral development banks such as the World Bank.
October 18, 2021
Mark Grimsditch
In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in a speech to the UN General Assembly that China aimed to hit peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 (Xi 2020).
June 24, 2021
For too long, consumer brands have sourced raw materials from abusive companies. With mandatory due diligence laws on the horizon in Europe, communities will finally have the opportunity hold brands accountable for violations in their supply chains.
May 14, 2021
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank wants to mobilise private capital to meet infrastructure needs. But by harnessing the capital markets, the bank is entering dangerous territory – and putting people and the environment at risk.
May 11, 2021
Mark Grimsditch
In early 2020, Cambodian authorities fast-tracked approval of two new coal plants. Soon after, they also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lao Government committing to purchase energy imports from two proposed coal plants in southern Laos.
January 28, 2021
Dustin Roasa, Tongam Panggabean
China has recently tightened its mining safety regulations, but they don’t apply to Chinese-owned mines overseas.
July 28, 2020
While most of the world was sheltering in place due to the pandemic in March, a hundred families were uprooted from their lush, centuries-old village in western Guinea and relocated to a hilltop to make way for a bauxite mine, backed by the IFC.
December 19, 2019
David Pred
When news broke in Asheville that the New Belgium Brewing Company was being sold to a multinational beer giant, local reporting noted the sizable pay-off the employee owners would receive.
July 16, 2019
David Pred, Nezir Sinani
The implications are terrifying. The global assessment report on biodiversity released by the United Nations In May warned that human economic activities, including those driving global warming.
June 25, 2019
Mark Grimsditch
Since the early 2000s, Chinese overseas investment has been driven by its formidable state machinery, financed by policy banks and developed in large part by state-owned enterprises (SOEs). China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) continues this trend