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China is all in on green tech. The U.S. and Europe fear unfair competition

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🗞️ Driving the news: China's transformation into a global leader in green technology has raised concerns in the U.S. and Europe over potential unfair competition 
• With companies like Tongwei Group leading the charge, China now dominates the production of solar panels, electric vehicles, wind turbines, and lithium-ion batteries, crucial for the global energy transition

🔭 The context: The shift towards clean technology in China is part of a broader strategy to rejuvenate its economy and maintain its competitive edge in global markets 
• This move has been significantly supported by state subsidies and tax breaks, enabling Chinese companies to scale up rapidly and reduce costs, thereby gaining a substantial market share globally

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: China's aggressive expansion into renewable energy is pivotal for global efforts to combat climate change, given its current status as the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide 
• The country's dominance in clean tech production is essential for the transition away from fossil fuels, even as it prompts trade tensions with Western economies

⏭️ What's next: The growing trade frictions over green technology could escalate into a broader trade war, with Western countries investigating Chinese practices and contemplating tariffs 
• Despite potential retaliation from China, the dispute underscores the critical balance between fostering domestic industries and ensuring a global shift towards renewable energy

💬 One quote: "China is going to fight to maintain its dominance by lowering the cost and expand manufacturing capacity within China," (Ilaria Mazzocco, specialist on Chinese industrial policy)

📈 One stat: China produces 80% of the world's solar panels and about two-thirds of the global supply of electric vehicles, wind turbines, and lithium-ion batteries

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