Opinion

The contradictions of China's economic ambitions

By Mark Beeson
Updated November 19 2021 - 2:28am, first published November 17 2021 - 6:25pm
A large screen in Beijing displays United States President Joe Biden, left, and China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit on Tuesday. Picture: Getty Images

In the aftermath of the recently concluded COP 26 meeting, it's not hard to see why many people - especially of the younger generations - are disappointed and disillusioned. Despite lofty ambitions, not much of significance has changed, especially following India's and China's determination to water down what was previously a proposed commitment to phase out coal.

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