Business has turned ugly for multinationals and foreign businesses in general operating in China. After the financial crisis, many looked to China for salvation but the business climate for them has soured in the past couple of years. They have become an easy target for authorities looking to send a message to various industries, with a number of foreign firms such as GlaxoSmithKline and Danone swept up in a far-reaching anti-corruption campaign that is increasingly defining Xi Jinping’s presidency to date. Other firms to have received tough treatment include Apple, whose humiliating apology in 2013 for offering inadequate warranties I wrote about for Al Jazeera English. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 1st, 2015 | Tags: Al Jazeera, China, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC, CNOOC 981, deepwater, energy, Haiyang Shiyou 981, oil and gas, South China Sea, territorial disputes | No Comments »
Since I wrote this for Al Jazeera English in March 2013, China’s growing deepwater ambitions have ratcheted up tensions in the South China Sea. Last year China’s main offshore energy explorer CNOOC launched its first deepwater natural gas project in the South China Sea, and then triggered a months-long maritime standoff with Vietnam by towing its biggest oil rig into Vietnamese waters.
CNOOC, owned and controlled by the Chinese central government, sees the underexplored, tempestuous deep waters of the South China Sea as a source of future oil and gas production growth. Its existing fields are mature and are in decline. Venturing further afield is the company’s best hope.
Posted: January 28th, 2013 | Tags: Africa, Al Jazeera, China, China Central Television, China Daily, China's state media, Martin Plaut, Mary Harper, media, positive reporting, press freedoms, Xinhua, Yu-Shan Wu | No Comments »
This piece for Al Jazeera English, published on 24 January 2013, examines how the growth of China’s state media in Africa is changing journalism and perceptions of the continent. Available after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 24th, 2012 | Tags: Al Jazeera, Alvin Lin, Breitling Oil and Gas, China, Chris Faulkner, CNOOC, Fortune Oil, fracking, freelance, John Barnes, Michael Jones, natural gas, NRDC, PetroChina, shale gas | No Comments »
Al Jazeera English published the following article on its website on 13 December 2012. It investigates the formidable array of environmental, technical and geologic challenges confronting widespread development of shale gas in China. The article after the jump.