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Leigh Wedell

New Partners, New Challenges: The BRI Comes to Latin America and the Caribbean

New Partners, New Challenges: The BRI Comes to Latin America and the Caribbean

New Partners, New Challenges: The BRI Comes to Latin America and the Caribbean

New Partners, New Challenges: The BRI Comes to Latin America and the Caribbean

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Leigh Wedell

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October 23, 2019

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Earlier October, Basilinna COO, Leigh Wedell was invited to a panel convened by the Atlantic Council on the topic of ‘Belt and Road in Latin America: Where does the future lie?’ The panel took up some of the issues explored in their new report on the trajectory of Chinese investment and its implications for the region.

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China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

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Leigh Wedell

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February 9, 2018

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After two years traversing the country, China's green inspection teams are back in Beijing and the results are in: 2,900 businesses and more than 18,000 people have been held accountable for violating central-level edicts to clean up the environment. How did the "green teams" hit these staggering numbers?

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China’s green capacity challenge

China’s green capacity challenge

China’s green capacity challenge

China’s green capacity challenge

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Leigh Wedell

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December 20, 2017

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Last month I was asked by my former employer, the Paulson Institute (PI), to write a paper on how to build out Chinese capacity in green finance. PI launched a new series of papers tackling a number of key issues that if addressed could unlock the potential of green finance – which could be a game changer in China’s war on pollution.

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Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

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Leigh Wedell

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November 7, 2017

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The officials serving in China’s provinces have a saying to characterize their relationship with Beijing: “The sky is high and the emperor is far away.” This ancient adage means that officials customarily have plenty of leeway to conduct their business and implement the policies that are passed down from on high.

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Basilinna congratulates member countries for adding Green Finance to G20 agenda

Basilinna congratulates member countries for adding Green Finance to G20 agenda

Basilinna congratulates member countries for adding Green Finance to G20 agenda

Basilinna congratulates member countries for adding Green Finance to G20 agenda

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Basilinna

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September 7, 2016

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Basilinna congratulates on the G20 member countries for the bold move of including green finance as a integral part of the final Communique of their meeting in Hangzhou, China in September 2016.

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Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

Chinese President Xi Jinping was an unexpected savior of the historic Paris Climate Summit last December. He offered far reaching Chinese commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and also provided necessary political momentum to finalize the difficult international negotiations.

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Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

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Leigh Wedell

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October 15, 2015

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The U.S.-China relationship remains bogged down by a host of intractable issues, ranging from cyber security and the South China Sea to currency devaluation and China’s economic slowdown.

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Overcoming the fear of failure: Boosting small business in China

Overcoming the fear of failure: Boosting small business in China

Overcoming the fear of failure: Boosting small business in China

Overcoming the fear of failure: Boosting small business in China

Is fear of failure hindering Chinese entrepreneurship? A new initiative by the Chinese government suggests that cultural sensitivity to failure may be preventing some Chinese businessmen from launching their own companies.

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Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

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Leigh Wedell

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February 5, 2015

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China’s mayors are on the front lines of the country’s ambitious drive to move more than 100 million people into cities over the next six years. Their challenge is to try to make sure that those people will have a cleaner environment and more livable communities.

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Green building solutions for energy efficiency

Green building solutions for energy efficiency

Green building solutions for energy efficiency

Green building solutions for energy efficiency

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Deborah Lehr & Leigh Wedell

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February 3, 2015

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Increase the role of market forces: Reform of resource pricing in the energy sector will ensure more efficient supply and demand of energy. Use data more effectively: Tracking energy use would allow governments, building owners, utility companies and users to regulate their behavior in a more cost-effective manner.

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Solutions to carbon reduction are within China's reach

Solutions to carbon reduction are within China's reach

Solutions to carbon reduction are within China's reach

Solutions to carbon reduction are within China's reach

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Basilinna

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January 9, 2015

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At November’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, the world’s two biggest carbon players - the United States and China – signed an important agreement to reach specific carbon reduction targets by 2025 and 2030, respectively.

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Why China’s mayors matter

Why China’s mayors matter

Why China’s mayors matter

Why China’s mayors matter

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Deborah Lehr & Leigh Wedell

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October 1, 2014

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Imagine relocating four of America’s top five city populations – Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia – into new cities every year. That is what Chinese urbanization will look like.

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China’s enforcers: How Beijing keeps local leaders in line

China’s enforcers: How Beijing keeps local leaders in line

China’s enforcers: How Beijing keeps local leaders in line

China’s enforcers: How Beijing keeps local leaders in line

After 10 days investigating wayward provinces, the teams submitted a 1,000-page report with a simple conclusion: local leaders, looking out for their own financial interests, were consistently ignoring directives from Beijing.

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