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Q: When will china start to be concerned about the environment?

Soon China will surpass the U.S. as the worlds number one pollutant. In difference to the U.S. and Europe China does not invest large sums of money to avoid destroying the planet, on the contrary, China at the moment is involved in a 'finger pointing' war, blaming the west for the state of the world today and refusing to invest in , not just their own, but everyone's future.
How long before the Chinese government sees sense? Will the west eventually make them act with the use of force or other methods like imposing trade limits and such? ( Chinese aviation is currently taking Europe to court because of the increase in pollution tax that Europe has imposed on Chinese commercial aircraft using European airspace).
If China did act, how would their already poor and suffering population cope with the extra expense?
One day China will be forced to spend the money they have so cautiously horded then will they fall back to Earth or will the west bail them out... yet again?

8 years 23 weeks ago in  Culture - Lanzhou

 
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China spends a lot of money now in order to keep GDP rising. Look at all the uneccesary apartment building that is happening or the huge money being invested into high speed rail. I think that sooner or later (and I hope sooner) they will invest similar amounts in green projects that will improve their environment and give people jobs. They just have to get the "we will show the world we can do it" mentality and they will throw lots of resources at it. It has started on a small scale and believe it or not they already recycle much of the Western Worlds waste.

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China is more polluted to begin with, because we have exported all of our manufacturing there. The factories that should be in the West are in China. However, that is no excuse. woody is right, for the time being they are doing everything they can to grow their economy, at the expense of their environment and health. The government has noticed this, but without any pressure or rewards for companies to be more green, they will continue to do whatever is cheapest. Someday things will have to change, but I don't see that happening any time soon. China has entered the game fairly late, after the West has already gone through its industrial revolution. China believes it also has the right to disregard current regulations because of this. Or at least, that is one of their multiple excuses.

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First of all, China is already the biggest polluter in the world and has been for a while now. Second, China is already the leading investor in alternative energies, building thousands of wind turbines and hydroelectric plants in recent years.

But it's just not enough and China won't get serious about tackling the root of the problem (industrialization, too many cars, and irresponsibility) until large numbers of people are born with noticeable birth defects or members of the ruling elite are personally affected.

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China is the biggest reforesting country in the world.

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Not until the people are educated on a broad base level and demand the government to act on it. Not saying there is no Chinese cares about the environment.

it is just the ignorrance of the general public is astonishing. The gap between the elite intellectuals and average Joe is huge in many areas.

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