As China shifts production from just low-cost, low technology goods to more high technology goods, Oregon needs to make sure it has robust economic, cultural and educational connections with China. We need to keep up with the business opportunities and new technologies developing there. A basic strategy for us to do that is to expand our Mandarin and study abroad in China programs. Oregon can do better than it is now doing.
Now China is poised, as Tom Friedman warned us, to take over the renewable energy market. As Keith Bradsher writes in his NY Times article “China Is Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy” (here):
China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further this year.
China has also leapfrogged the West in the last two years to emerge as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. And the country is pushing equally hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants.
These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines and other gear manufactured in China....