George C. Dimitriou

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The Rise of China’s Auto Industry.

November 20, 2009 By: George Category: China No Comments →

“In recent years, China has become the world’s fastest growing automotive producer,” according to a new report from the U.S. Congressional Research Service.

“[China’s] annual vehicle output has increased from less than 2 million vehicles in the late 1990s to 9.5 million in 2008. In terms of production volume in 2008, China has surpassed Korea, France, Germany, and the United States, trailing only Japan.”

See “The Rise of China’s Auto Industry and Its Impact on the U.S. Motor Vehicle Industry,”

China’s Clean Revolution.

August 13, 2008 By: George Category: China, Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

China is already the world’s leading renewable energy producer (In terms of installed renewable capacity, China leads the world, reaching 152 Gigawatts in 2007) and is over-taking more developed economies in exploiting valuable economic opportunities, creating green-collar jobs and leading development of critical low carbon technologies, says a new report to be published by The Climate Group.

The report – China’s Clean Revolution – shows that China’s transition to a low carbon economy is well underway, led by supportive government policies which are not only driving innovation in low carbon technologies but also diverting billions of dollars of investment into energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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China’s Thirst for Oil.

June 13, 2008 By: George Category: China, Countries visited No Comments →

The fear of China “locking up” energy supplies around the world is misplaced, and other countries should work with it to ensure a more cooperative international environment on both energy and wider security issues.

China’s Thirst for Oil,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines China’s need for energy and assesses the impact of Beijing’s energy policies on the resolution of conflict by looking at Sudan and Iran as case studies.

China’s need for energy is growing faster than that of any other country. Self-sufficient until 1993, China’s three decades of rapid economic growth have led it to look abroad to meet its energy needs. While its approach until now has been characterised by oil mercantilism, physical control of supplies and distrust of international markets, it is increasingly recognising the value of treating oil as a commodity and adopting a more open approach towards international energy markets and cooperation.

Chinese companies’ investment in oil exploration and extraction in countries and regions suffering from deadly conflict has sometimes led China to take positions counterproductive to conflict resolution, for example in the early stages of the Darfur conflict. At the same time, Beijing is willing to play a more constructive role as it increasingly engages with the international system and learns the limits of a foreign policy based on the traditional principle of non-interference.

International cooperation will be facilitated by a better understanding of Chinese energy policy and behaviour. While many in the country’s leadership recognise that domestic policy must focus more on conservation, efficiency, reducing pollution, diversifying the energy mix and upgrading clean technologies, both policymaking and implementation are hindered by conflicting interests at the central, provincial, local and private levels. The need for a coherent energy policy and institutional apparatus to manage energy is more urgent than ever.