The New York Times ran an interesting two-pager on China's energy policy today, discussing the focus of the country's policy on achieving more output per unit of energy consumed-something which, as I wrote in Parameters in 2006 and again in Survival in 2008 may prove to be a key index of national competitiveness in the future.
One has to be careful with assessments of mainland China's practice in that area, given that doubtful estimates of China's GDP easily knock per-dollar of output figures for a loop (back in 2007, it was widely accepted that the commonly accepted figure was 40 percent too big, which also meant 40 percent fewer dollars per BTU), but the issue is at least getting some well-deserved acknowledgement.
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