Climate change: US Republicans alarm China over talks

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama agreed to help China stop her greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in order to combat climate change and global warming, but Republicans in the US Senate rose up against Obama’s pledge toward China quitting gas emissions at the said date.
And so in view of talks coming up in Lima, Peru next week, Chinese climate change negotiators are afraid that the US Republicans attitude could disrupt the purpose of the deal.

Xie Zhenhua, vice director of the national planning agency and the chief negotiator on climate change said that “Because of internal politics in the US the Kyoto protocol was not ratified, so we are worried that we might face the same problem in the 2015 pact.” The Lima meeting is supposed to pave a way for another meeting in Paris next year where international climate agreements will be sealed.

And Frederic Mion, who is helping organise the Paris summit states that “There is a feeling that the announcement by Xi Jinping and Mr Obama changed the picture, The Chinese are now much more willing, less obstructive than we could have believed six months ago.”

Meanwhile, since the Chinese appear to be targeting 2030 to cut carbon emissions, Mr. Xie is of the view that “In 16 years there is lot of uncertainty, and trying to pin down a very accurate time or number down to two decimal places is actually not scientific.”

The Chinese government appears careful not to ally themselves with any global climate accord for now, most especially since the former premier Wen Jiabao’s negotiations of 2009 in Copenhagen was regarded as undermining Chinese diplomacy. He couldn’t commit on behalf of a Chinese political system that was torn by strong interest groups.

Shanghai brings down the hammer on Microsoft

Microsoft has come under the scrutiny of shanghai for its alleged monopoly of the OS market in China, and this makes Microsoft the next target to come under investigation for market monopoly in China. China had earlier in May banned Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS from being used on all government’s computers, and this was as a result of national and economic security concerns.

The China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) visited Microsoft’s offices in Beijing according to the state media, but Microsoft is fully yet to reply to this investigation. According to the National Business Daily, “Microsoft’s operation system software occupies a 95% share of the market in China, forming a de facto monopoly” and this comes from an unnamed Microsoft employee who believed that the SAIC’s visit to his office might not be unconnected with Microsoft’s monopoly in China.

Microsoft has sometimes ago come under anti-trust scrutiny even in other industries for tying its Windows OS to other products, and it was even fined $731 million by the EC last year for not offering its consumers any other browser apart from its Internet Explorer. In fact, China has since last year commenced a probe of all foreign firms that hold unnerving monopoly over major markets in the country.

Although Microsoft has not really responded to these issues, it however states that “we aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect, and we will address any concerns the government may have.” The US media giant states it would do anything to conform to the wishes of the government and to the interests of its consumers the world over.

Microsoft is surely a winner in this kind of things and it understands the move of the Chinese government to protect its own markets, and you can bet that Microsoft would surely edge its way into a winning position.