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Chinas Role In The Challenge For Global Sustainable Development

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The main reason why ecology and energy get most attention in discussions of sustainable development is the grave challenge facing the world with respect to the relationship between humanity and nature. The social and environmental crises spawned by global capitalism renders sustainable development an ominous challenge for the entire world. These crises are occurring amidst a geopolitical context in which a shift in power from the nations of the North to the nations of the South will likely accelerate""and quite possibly usher in a new global economic order. China is playing a prominent role in this transition, and is well-positioned to take the lead in initiating a model for economic and social development. On December 26, 2007 China's Information Office of the State Council issued the country's first ever white paper on its energy conditions and policies. This 16,000-word document includes China's proposed goals, strategies and initiatives for energy development.

Keywords:China; energy development; global capitalism; global economic order; global sustainable development



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