This report of course has received no attention from U.S. corporate media, but I take it as a big datapoint on what is going to become a major trend: the electrification of commercial vehicles of all kinds. As the article points out most of the long term cost of a commercial bus is in the fuel it burns. So electric buses, which don’t burn carbon energy, will be notably cheaper. What should also be noted is that the technology is Chinese. The Chinese like most of the rest of the world except the U.S., take infrastructure seriously, including commercial transportation networks from planes to trains to buses. While we are burning our money in the bonfire of war, China is building and upgrading infrastructure. And they are going to make billions and billions of dollars outfitting the buses and taxis of the post-carbon world, while the U.S. plays catch-up. The problem America’s mega corporations have is that they are inherently wedded to the past, because the past is when their installed network was built, and they want to protect and prolong that investment.
Jamestown Foundation China Brief Volume: 15 Issue: 13
The phrase “winning informationized local wars” has appeared in the pages of the PLA’s newspaper, the Liberation Army Daily, only fifty times. But thirty eight, or 75 percent, of these references have occurred since mid-August 2014. The term first appeared on August 21, 2014 in an article announcing a new document published by the General Staff Department on improving the level of realistic training.
As this report spells out, “By 2030, Asia-Pacific countries will comprise nearly two-thirds of the global middle class, dwarfing the projected one-fifth for Europe and North America combined.” Along with climate change this is one of the great geopolitical meta-trends that will define the 21st century. In the U.S., one has to also add The Emerging White Minority Trend. And yet you will find barely a mention of this anywhere in corporate media. Why is that do you think? Austerity economics and deregulation have virtually destroyed the American middle class, certainly made it a shadow of its former self. In those European countries which embraced Austerity Economics a similar process has been going on. At the same time India, China, the Asia-Pacific nations, are creating a middle class that will dwarf its White counterpart. Power will shift. Our intransigence concerning climate change, means leadership will go elsewhere, and will increase the speed of this transfer. We are going into a different world. And because profit is our only cultural priority, we are doing it rather badly.
China views Iran as a central element in its much-touted Silk Road Economic Belt, which aims to extend Beijing’s influence overland through Central Asia to the Persian Gulf and Europe.