China’s growing control of global energy supply chains is providing it with new sources of leverage over western democracies obsessed with global warming/climate change.

They are playing us for the fools we are in thinking the sky’s going to fall if we don’t reach net zero by 2050.

They are feeding us fear-of-global-warming propaganda via social media while at the same time selling us all the equipment we need to achieve that futile objective.

As a result, China is positioned to dominate future energy markets for decades.

This dominance is not inevitable, but western democracies – including Australia – must act NOW to prevent it and to free itself from its self-imposed ‘Chinese handcuffs’.

Over the past decade, China’s leadership has prioritized growth of the new green energy sector, which includes solar panels, wind turbines, lithium-ion batteries, and EVs.

China has bet heavily on renewables with funding, technology, and talent all flowing into these industries. Clean energy investment rose 40% year-on-year to $1.3 trillion in 2023, with the majority channelled into manufacturing and R&D.

Including the value of production, new energy sectors contributed $2.4 trillion to the Chinese economy in 2023, up 30% year-on-year.

The CCP’s focus on renewables has led China to dominate clean energy globally. In the 1990s, China was licensing technologies from foreign firms, or, in the case of battery technology, it was given by or acquired from, the USA.

By the turn of the century, the CCP’s goal was to lead the clean energy sector and position China as the global supplier on which other countries would and must rely.

China’s President Xi Jinping then made a global splash with his roll-out of “Made in China 2025,” an industrial policy focused on innovation and technological upgrading.

It revealed the economic and industrial vision for the future and indicated the ambitions of China’s leader to not only become a manufacturing powerhouse but also to dominate in 10 priority sectors.

Note: the footnotes numbers above refer to a different article – not this one.

To achieve this, China has been flooding the market with below-market-cost products for years, and this policy is likely to continue as China’s domestic economic conditions decline.

The CCP’s 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP) for 2021 to 2025 gave science, technology, and innovation near absolute priority, noting that becoming a science technology powerhouse is an issue of national security.

And the plan has worked. China is now the largest producer and exporter of solar panels in the world and controls 80% of the solar supply chain.

In the European Union, 95% of solar panels come from China, with the dependence raising concerns about EU economic security and geopolitical vulnerabilities, especially in light of recent global disruption.

Meanwhile, the phenomenal pace of EVs has accelerated China’s overall automotive exports, and it is now in the top spot having surpassed Germany and Japan.

China’s global share of EVs reached 35% in 2023, compared with 4.2% in 2018.

China’s dominance in the EV industry at all stages of the production chain stands out as an example of China achieving its objective of self-reliance.

In lithium-ion batteries, China also commands the supply chain. For example, Chinese companies supply 80% of the world’s battery cells and account for nearly 60% of the EV battery market.

Clearly, the CCP’s climate agenda has been aggressively and successfully executed, putting China in a prime position to leverage its strategic advantages against the West.

Furthermore, China’s dominance in the market for clean energy technologies has involved control over supply chains of critical raw materials through their domestic and overseas investments.

China has become the largest producer and processor of rare earth elements (REEs) worldwide, which are used in defence and clean energy technologies.

If it was inclined to do so, China could effectively cut off 40–50% of global [REE] supply, which would affect manufacturers and suppliers of advanced components used in defence systems and platforms.

This Chinese dominance puts the national security of western democracies at risk.

For example, In the event of a war or sudden need to supply an ally or strategic partner with military aid, the United States could face severe shortages of key defense products required in equipment such as drones, F-35 fighter jets, surface-to-air missiles, and even radios.

Historical precedent exists: The Allied powers’ control of most of the world’s minerals before World War 2 proved instrumental in their eventual victory over the Axis powers.

And all of this is happening because western democracies – including Australia – are obsessed with global warming/climate change.

Meanwhile, China has 1,142 coal-fired power plants with 306 currently under or awaiting construction. It also has 55 nuclear power plants and 23 reactors are being built. It plans to build at least 150 more over the next 15 years.

The Albanese government’s obsession with renewables and antipathy towards nuclear power is leading us to even greater increases in our cost of living due to the increase in energy costs that will eventuate and the effect that has on every manufactured and imported product and every household that uses electricity.

Our left-wing politicians and so-called ‘environmentalists’ do not accept the fact that we only produce just over 1% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which means that nothing we do as a nation will have any meaningful impact on global warming.

And that’s assuming CO2 is a major cause of global warming, which it isn’t! CO2 and other human-induced emissions account for just 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Water vapour makes up 97%, as seen in the chart below.

The Albanese government is spending billions – and soon it will be trillions – of taxpayers’ money on its climate crusade – including buying huge amounts of renewables merchandise from communist China – while spending nothing in the short term on our defence and national security.

And this is despite a recent poll that showed 71% of us believe China is, or will likely soon become, a military threat to Australia.

Once again, Albanese and his socialist government are not listening to us – just as with the Voice referendum.

Clearly it is time for us to show this government what we think of their attitude towards us when it comes to issues that are so critically important.

Much of this article is based on a report produced by The Heritage Foundation in the USA. The full report can be viewed at: https://www.heritage.org/asia/report/chinese-handcuffs-how-china-exploits-americas-climate-agenda

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