Business analyst Paul Denlinger explains in Forbes why China has to go green, for offering its citizens a Western lifestyle, while preserving the environment at the same time. Becoming a dominant player in green technology is the country’s only choice, argues Denlinger. It might not make China popular in the rest of the world, for example by its recent efforts to retain rare earth resources for itself, rather than export.
At the same time, Beijing wants to cut back rare earth exports to the rest of the world, instead encouraging domestic production into wind and solar products for export around the world. With patents on the new technology used in manufacturing, China would control the intellectual property and licensing on the products that would be used all over the world. If Beijing is able to do this, it would control the next generation of energy products used by the world for the next century.