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EVALUATING THE AUTHOR’S ARGUMENTS: The interviewee of this viewpoint, Philip I. Levy, is a researcher with AEI and a former senior trade economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Does knowing the background of this author inﬂuence your opinion of his argument? In what way? ” In the following viewpoint James Mann argues that despite its strong economic growth and emergence in the international marketplace, China is not becoming more democratic. He explains that the Chinese government continues to solidly operate as an autocracy, with the Communist Party maintaining strong control over the country and its people.
33 Workers install photovoltaic cells at a hotel in Baoding, China. China is the leading manufacturer of photovoltaic technology in the world. Europe and Japan. 64 million energy efﬁcient compact cars were sold in 2007, and domestic hybrid and electric vehicle technologies are progressing rapidly. Biofuels also feature strongly, with China being the third largest ethanol producer in the world. The country has begun converting an area of marginal land half the size of the United Kingdom into biofuel forests, hopefully easing the competition between biofuels and grain crops that has contributed to food price increases.
Another qualifying factor, when considering the data presented in this report, is level of implementation. It is inevitable that some com36 China panies will evade the system. However China’s clear improvement in energy intensity to this point indicates that it has been as successful in overcoming resistance to new efﬁciency policies as any country. 66% in 2007. As more Chinese companies and products begin to comply with the new regulation, China will face the continuing challenge of monitoring and ensuring compliance, encouraging innovation and continually pushing up standards to best-available technology.