China's emergence as a great power is transforming the world, affecting its security, economy and physical environment. Power Realignments in Asia: China, India and the United States explores the impact of China's rise on relations among China, India and the United States.
Chapter 4: The Case of China and the Global Environment1: Dizzying Growth, Devolution of Power, Environmental Disaster
The Case of China and the Global Environment1: Dizzying Growth, Devolution of Power, Environmental Disaster
The rise of China as an economic power is one of the great stories of the latter half of the 20th century. Twenty-five years of reform have produced staggering results: hundreds of millions of Chinese have been lifted out of poverty, China's economy has grown at a rate of 8–12 per cent annually, and the country currently ranks as the third largest economy and third largest exporting nation in the world, after the United States and Germany.
At the same time, this growth has occurred without much consideration for the country's environment. Building upon centuries of environmental ...