Companies operating in China are seeing a wealth of opportunities in the green sector as are investors. However, Chinese government investments are driving even greater opportunities on the horizon.
In 2010, China surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy. In three-decades China has emerged from Communist isolation to global superpower. China is also leading the world in its support for a green economy.
Domestically China has lifted 300 million citizens out of poverty. Globally China has helped lift the world out of recession. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, China’s “double-digit” expansion was responsible for a third of global growth in 2010. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report on Oct 6, 2010 that China’s growth was projected to be 10.5 percent in 2010 and in 2011 growth is projected to be 9.6 percent.
China has even overtaken the US as the world’s biggest automobile market. It is also increasingly leading the world in technological innovation and new patents. China is already the world leader in wind and solar energy manufacturing, firmly establishing its global dominance in cleantech.
China’s clean-energy success is due to the same factors that made it a manufacturing leader, low labor and construction costs, expanding universities that produce large numbers of engineers and technicians, improving telecommunication and transport systems.
The green market is destined to be the single biggest economic trend of the twenty-first century and China’s leadership is cementing the nation’s role as the world’s green leader. China’s green market investments will soon propel that nation ahead of the US as the world’s pre-eminent economic power.
PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a January 2011 report that China is on course to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy around 2020. Ten years from now a waning superpower may look back and realize that Chinese government investments provided the edge that enabled China to out-compete America.
© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.
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