East Asia
Hindu Kush Himalaya

Safeguarding threatened ecosystems

Melting glaciers and thawing permafrost are jeopardising the ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region and the people who live off them

The Hindu Kush Himalaya region

Nature is changing rapidly in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Glaciers, snow and permafrost are undergoing rapid transformation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, with disastrous consequences for water and food security

Readers’ opinion

Letters to the editor

Two letters from readers deal with rural development in Nepal, agriculture in China and the variety of natural ecosystems

Global governance

Cooperation that benefits developing countries

A recent conference examined how China and the West cooperate with partner countries and the impact this can have on democracy promotion

Political economy

How Xi Jinping is exacerbating China’s economic misery

Market dynamism requires the rule of law and freedom of speech, so authoritarianism limits economic growth

Traditional agriculture

Traditional agricultural ecosystems harbour remarkable biodiversity

Examples from China illustrate the exceptional value of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Bail-out lending

Disagreement between China and the Paris Club

China is aware of sovereign-debt nightmare, but cannot solve problems on its own

Fiscal space

Economies in limbo

Progress on resolving sovereign-debt crises remains dangerously slow

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