Is the use of fossil fuels fading in China?


Top politics and current affairs news for January 26, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Another day, another missile."

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  • China to drive global nuclear power growth / World Nuclear News
    An analysis recently released by BP shows that China is expected to account for close to three-quarters of the global increase in nuclear power capacity by 2035. This follows news earlier in the month that China plans to spend $361 billion to expand non-fossil-fuel energy (wind, hydro, solar, and nuclear) so that by 2020, half of its new power generation is from those sources. China became the world’s top generator of solar energy last year.
  • China says cities must avoid looking identical in urban development / Reuters
    China’s government released a policy document urging cities to protect “special cultural characteristics and symbols” and identifying a “historical responsibility” of the Communist Party to promote traditional Chinese culture. Reuters also reported that the document made a “brief mention” of protecting dialects rather than entirely pushing for the national language to be Mandarin, which has usually been the government policy.