This is how the tech giants are helping tackle coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Tech giants are preventing the spread of false information. The search for a vaccine is everyone’s top priority. Jack Ma has donated $14m to help find a vaccine. Some of the biggest […]

This is what different countries are doing to stop coronavirus from spreading

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Wenzhou, more than 800km from the coronavirus epicentre in Wuhan, is the latest Chinese city to go into lockdown. Some countries are denying entry to foreign visitors who have been in China […]

China has announced ambitious plans to cut single-use plastic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content China has announced a phased ban on various types of single-use plastic. It joins numerous other countries in introducing bans. The move to a circular economy is vital to reduce plastic pollution. The […]

What we know about the Wuhan coronavirus and urgent plans to develop a vaccine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samantha Sault, Writer, Washington DC and Geneva The virus first appeared in a seafood market in Wuhan, China The virus is thought to have crossed to humans from bats Developing a vaccine is now a priority The spread […]

The future of energy is being shaped in Asia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francois Austin, Partner, Oliver Wyman A Frenchman is credited with being the first to discover the photovoltaic effect that produces electricity from sunlight. The first solar panel was built in the US. But when Abu Dhabi decided to […]

In 2020 Asia will have the world’s largest GDP. Here’s what that means

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Praneeth Yendamuri, Partner, Bain & Company & Zara Ingilizian, Head of Shaping the Future of Consumption; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Business must adapt to a rapidly growing middle class changing consumer behaviour and profiles. […]

Accelerating SDG Progress in Asia – Pacific

This article was written for The European Sting by Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development and Ms. Van Nguyen, Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writers. “The 2030 Agenda is coming to life”, […]

Can Southeast Asia keep up with growing energy demand?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Southeast Asia’s growth in electricity demand is among the fastest in the world Renewable energy only meets around 15% of demand Higher temperatures are leading to an increased use of air-conditioning Peak […]

These are the UK’s biggest trading partners

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Last year, nearly half the UK’s exports went to EU countries. The top five export destinations in 2017 were the US, Germany, France, Netherlands and Ireland, China was the sixth most-important export market […]

BRICS’ New Development Bank turns four: what has it achieved?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leslie Maasdorp, Vice President, New Development Bank The crane at the top of the 30-storey New Development Bank’s brand new headquarters, currently under construction, is clearly visible from the bank’s existing premises in Shanghai’s financial heartland of Lujiazui. In […]

Services are the hidden side of the US-China trade war

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Senior Fellow , University of International Business and Economics in Beijing Discussions about the trade war between the United States and China have largely focused on goods. This is not surprising, given that tariffs have been […]

Why the internet is yesterday’s news in China’s digital leap forward

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winston Wenyan Ma In May 2017, China hosted the historical Go match between Ke Jie, the world’s No 1-ranked player and world champion, and the AI-enabled computer program AlphaGo, designed by Google’s DeepMind Lab. The Wuzhen showdown was […]

From Hangzhou to Rwanda: how Jack Ma brought Chinese e-commerce to Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brian A Wong, Vice President, Global Initiatives, Alibaba Group & Roger Yong Zhang, Senior Lead, International Corporate Affairs, Alibaba Group When Alibaba’s founder, Jack Ma, first visited Africa a couple of years ago, he discovered many similarities between Africa […]

G7: A serious setback hardly avoided in iconic Biarritz

The G7 yearly summits are supposed to strengthen the unity of the world’s wealthiest democracies vis-à-vis the rest of the world. Not anymore, many say, but this time there is one important exception: Iran. The leaders of France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and of course the US, met during the weekend in the coastal […]

The US starts an intense currency war to protect its global standing

One month ago this newspaper’s title was: “Trump after marginalizing G20 attacks Europe and China where it hurts, brandishes currency war”. Since then, the American President intensified his attacks on money parities, mainly against China. At the same time, he continues pressing the American central bank, the Fed, for not taking tough measures to actually […]

5 lessons from China on how to drive sustainable growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Chi Jingtao, Chairman, COFCO Corporation Journalists, politicians and regular citizens have spent much time in recent years discussing the ‘Chinese dream’. It’s our vision of China’s journey into the future. I believe the Chinese dream will see us […]

10 expert predictions for the next decade in Chinese AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nina Xiang, Co-founder, China Money Network. Over the past several years, we have witnessed the blossoming of China’s artificial intelligence industry. Thanks to generous government policy support, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs and venture investors, China commandeered a position that […]

How China’s sponge cities are preparing for sea-level rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group All coastal cities are facing sea-level rise, but some will be hit harder than others. Asian cities are in for a particularly rough ride. Part of the reason for that is […]

This Chinese megacity is building a giant waste-to-energy plant

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content The architects of what is set to be the world’s largest waste-to-energy plantdescribe their creation as simple, clean and iconic. It’s a mammoth structure which sits on the outskirts of the city of […]

Trump after marginalizing G20 attacks Europe and China where it hurts, brandishes currency war

Last week’s G20 meeting in Osaka confirmed that the forum’s commonly shared concern about our future on the planet is definitively a thing of the past. Last week, the cacophony at the table of the 20 heads of the largest countries of the world – which first appeared last December in Buenos Aires – became […]

Greening the Belt and Road is essential to our climate’s future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ma Jun, Chief Economist, People’s Bank of China Climate change is the battle of the century. According to a 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report, the global temperature rise will likely 1.5°C as early as 2030. We […]

Most people on the internet live in this country

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content More than half the world’s population now has access to the internet – and the biggest chunk of those people are based in China. There are 3.8 billion internet users in the world, […]

3 unexpected consequences of the US-China trade war

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Almost 10,000 kilometres separate the winemakers in California’s Napa Valley and consumers in Beijing. Even so, they’re both affected by the trade war between the two largest economies in the world. The stand-off […]

China is picking up the fight against rare diseases

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pius Hornstein, General Manager and Country Chair, Sanofi China “Health is a prerequisite for people’s all-round development and a precondition for economic and social development.” So noted President Xi Jinping in an address to the senior leaders of the Chinese […]

China by numbers: 10 facts to help you understand the superpower today

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content China, home to almost a fifth of the world’s population, is a country of superlatives. Forty years of economic growth, at an average of nearly 10% a year, has transformed the country into a […]

How global tech can drive local healthcare innovation in China

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andy Ho, CEO, Philips Greater China With an ageing population rapidly increasing the rate of disease, China’s healthcare system is ripe for innovation. From established corporations to fledgling startups, all recognize the potential for digital technologies, such as […]

China’s lead in the global solar race – at a glance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content In the space of 25 years, China will have gone from having virtually no solar panels to leading the world by a margin of more than 100%. Image: Wood Mackenzie Estimates from market intelligence […]

What brands get wrong about China – and how to put it right

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruby Chui, Partner, Brandnographer & Lyra Jiang, Research Lead, Brandnographer In April, Burger King was forced to pull a promotional video it had aired in New Zealand following an angry reaction from consumers living 11,000km away. The video, which […]

Who is to pay for Trump’s trade war against China?

The US President Donald Trump and the big American tech companies have raised the stakes this week in the ongoing Pacific war. Japanese and South Korean tech giants have also joined the Americans in black listing Huawei and other Chinese companies in an all out war against China. As expected, Japan supports the US policy […]

China rare earth prices soar on their potential role in trade war

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tom Daly, Reporter, Reuters & Shivani Singh, Reporter, Reuters Chinese rare earth prices are set to climb further beyond multi-year highs hit following a flurry of state media reports that Beijing could weaponize its supply-dominance of the prized minerals […]

Who gains when the US and China fight over trade?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content China and the United States are at a trade stand-off after both countries have implemented hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs on each other’s goods over the past year. The US is […]

Rare earths are the new battlefront in the US-China trade war. But what are they?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content China dominates the rare earth market, responsible for around 80% of the world’s supply – something it is keenly aware of. As the trade war between the US and China rolls on, rare […]

Trump’s America divides the world, bullies China and Europe

The American administration in concerted action at the end of last week told everybody, how they want the world to function, singling out foes and friends. Leading members of the Trump executives attacked China, Germany and the EU. Washington, probably, senses that those global entities are able to withstand and effectively counter the wider American […]