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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 08:01 PM
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It is China that has had a "Sputnik moment"
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http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-04-04/china-burie...

China is beating the U.S. in the race to supply clean-energy technologies to the world, helped by a government bank whose advisers include Henry Kissinger.

China Development Bank Corp., which listed the former U.S. secretary of state as an advisory board member in a 2010 bond prospectus, agreed last year to lend 232 billion yuan ($35.4 billion) to Chinese wind and solar power companies. The U.S. gave about $4 billion to their American competitors in grants and offered about $16 billion of loan guarantees. Adding in private investment, China also led.

CDB, which has almost twice the assets of the World Bank, is matching U.S. expertise with Chinese financing and manufacturing prowess to dominate a market both nations say is critical to their future. Chinese solar-panel makers such as LDK Solar Co. Ltd. were the biggest loan recipients and for the first time last year supplied more than half the global market, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which begins its annual conference today in New York.

What Chinas doing is really smart, said Jon Anda, vice chairman of UBS AGs securities unit in Stamford, Connecticut, who runs the Swiss banks environmental markets business. Without a clear policy path, well get crushed.

President Barack Obama said in January his country needs another Sputnik moment to wean itself of foreign oil. The U.S. had just slipped to third place behind China and Germany in a ranking of nations funding renewable power in 2010 as Republicans in Congress blocked the White Houses energy spending plans, according to a ranking by New Energy Finance.
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