Weekly Roundup: China’s Think Tank, Raw Material Orgies, Cleantech China

Monday, March 17, 2008 10:04
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With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 4 articles that I have chosen to highlight as each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and there are issues within each that I think you the reader should be aware of.

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section. We all have different areas of interest and bandwidth, so I hope you will take some time and post those articles!

China’s New Intelligentsia
Regardless of one’s position on the government model China operates under, everyone agree that managing 20% of the world’s population is not an easy job… and this article is a great chronicles of some of the action going on behind the scenes. I recently spoke with someone who was involved in some very important planning sessions, and the message was simply that they are serious about solving problems and that maturity comes following change.

China’s hunger for natural resources is causing more problems at home than abroad

An issue I have been discussing for a while now on Allroads and Crossroads is the ability of China to satisfy its raw material needs, and this article provides another framing of the issue . While recently at the Three Talk, I was able to ask Jeffrey Sachs about this issue and it was an issue that he was concerned about as well. After all, to surpass the U.S. by 2030, china will need to grow 4-5x… and that will require a lot of resources.

Backgrounder: New energy in China

Following the two stories above, this article fits in quite well.  To continue to grow at 10% a year, it will quite simply reqirem that new technologies will need to be brought online to increase power capactiy while reduing the environmental impact and need for coal.

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