The year 2049 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It is also the year when, according to President Xi Jinping, China would have come a “fully developed nation.” At least that is his goal. This enormously ambitious goal has myriad implications and even more unknowns and unintended consequences. There is, however, one clear implication for which there are no uncertainties: to attain such a lofty goal China needs both more energy and new ways of procuring, distributing and using it.
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