China is in the midst of a huge industrial and economic growth. It’s not unlike the industrial revolution western nations underwent long ago. The country is probably too busy with economic, diplomatic, and societal concerns to be devoting its energy to conservation efforts. It’s hard to understand what the Chinese people value you right now, from a Western perspective, but remember that our environmental movement is a comparatively new thing that didn’t come about until we realized the damage our industrialization had caused to the natural world. Perhaps China is going through a similar learning process right now. Hope these thoughts were helpful; I’m not an economist or historian.
It is an industrial revolution, just to make a clarification- there’s no use beating around the bush.
China cannot become concerned with the environment without an incentive. That’s basically how it works, in any case. From a cultural perspective the vast majority of severely impoverished people are more concerned with no longer being impoverished than they are with the well-being of the planet- after all, it’s natural for humans to put their own survival first.
Depending on a variety of factors, mostly the extent of political pressure that comes down from the international community, China’s environmental regulations will develop. Just at a slower rate- at this point they respect the laws, but just don’t have the economic means or necessity to enforce them.
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