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China’s giant transmission grid could be the key to cutting climate emissions

But are the country’s next-generation power lines a clean-power play or a global power move?
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By James Temple Early in February 2018, Chinese workers began assembling a soaring red-and-white transmission tower on the eastern edge of Anhui province. They straddled metal tubes as they tightened together latticed sections suspended high above the south bank of the Yangtze River. The men were erecting a critical section of the world's first 1.1-million-volt transmission line, at a
an effort to sell Chinese goods and strengthen the country's geopolitical influence. Building, owning, or operating another nation's critical infrastructure--be it seaports or transmission lines--offers a particularly effective route to exercise soft and sometimes not-so-soft power. "This is really a battle over the developing world," Nahm says. ( Copyright 2018 Technology Review Inc. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
By James Temple Early in February 2018, Chinese workers began assembling a soaring red-and-white transmission tower on the eastern edge of Anhui province. They straddled metal tubes as they tightened together latticed sections suspended high above the south bank of the Yangtze River. The men were erecting a critical section of the world's first 1.1-million-volt transmission line, at a an effort to sell Chinese goods and strengthen the country's geopolitical influence. Building, owning, or operating another nation's critical infrastructure--be it seaports or transmission lines--offers a particularly effective route to exercise soft and sometimes not-so-soft power. "This is really a battle over the developing world," Nahm says. ( Copyright 2018 Technology Review Inc. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)

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