CAIXIN MEDIA (China)
HAMBURG- Accusations that China has been stealing other countries’ intellectual property are nothing new -- and increasingly annoying to Chinese officials. Here's how one described the situation at a conference last week in Germany: “China just wants a child. China would have liked to adopt one, but you won't give it up. So China will just make one itself. Now how can you claim the child that we have given birth to as your own!?”
Caixin media reported the outburst by Lu Yaohua, the Executive Vice Chairman of the China Federation of Industrial Economics at last Thursday's 5th Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe.
Lu gave an impromptu speech responding to insinuations about copyright piracy, including what he referred to as the “misunderstanding and concern” evoked in a recent dialogue between the former U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in reference to the rise of China.
Lu stated that China is a responsible big power and refuted the idea that China has stolen other countries’ intellectual rights. And the metaphors were flowing: “This is like there are two couples; the couple A has three children whereas the couple B has none. But when B proposed to adopt one child from A, this was refused. So B made one by itself”, he said before adding that “You’ve got to allow others to learn. If you can build a house, why can’t we!?”
The "Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe" is a platform set up once every two years to exchange high-level dialogue on Sino-European economic relations.
According to Caixin media, Lu’s homespun choice of words provoked some hearty laughter from Henry Kissinger, who was sitting right next to him.
The pronouncements of Lu Yaohua caused great repercussions among those present. When asked by a Caixin reporter, Lu Yaohua said his opinion was “given on the spur of the moment”, and was not official.
With loans and solar panels from China, the massive solar park has been opened a year and is already powering the surrounding areas. Now the Chinese supplier is pushing for an expansion.
CAUCHARI — Driving across the border with Chile into the northwest Argentine department of Susques, you may spot what looks like a black mass in the distance. Arriving at a 4,000-meter altitude in the municipality of Cauchari, what comes into view instead is an assembly of 960,000 solar panels. It is the world's highest photovoltaic (PV) park, which is also the second biggest solar energy facility in Latin America, after Mexico's Aguascalientes plant.
Spread over 800 hectares in an arid landscape, the Cauchari park has been operating for a year, and has so far turned sunshine into 315 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the local provincial capital of Jujuy through the national grid.
It has also generated some $50 million for the province, which Governor Gerardo Morales has allocated to building 239 schools.
Abundant sunshine, low temperatures
The physicist Martín Albornoz says Cauchari, which means "link to the sun," is exposed to the best solar radiation anywhere. The area has 260 days of sunshine, with no smog and relatively low temperatures, which helps keep the panels in optimal conditions.
Its construction began with a loan of more than $331 million from China's Eximbank, which allowed the purchase of panels made in Shanghai. They arrived in Buenos Aires in 2,500 containers and were later trucked a considerable distance to the site in Cauchari . This was a titanic project that required 1,200 builders and 10-ton cranes, but will save some 780,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.
It is now run by 60 technicians. Its panels, with a 25-year guarantee, follow the sun's path and are cleaned twice a year. The plant is expected to have a service life of 40 years. Its choice of location was based on power lines traced in the 1990s to export power to Chile, now fed by the park.
Chinese engineers working in an office at the Cauchari park
Chinese want to expand
The plant belongs to the public-sector firm Jemse (Jujuy Energía y Minería), created in 2011 by the province's then governor Eduardo Fellner. Jemse's president, Felipe Albornoz, says that once Chinese credits are repaid in 20 years, Cauchari will earn the province $600 million.
The Argentine Energy ministry must now decide on the park's proposed expansion. The Chinese would pay in $200 million, which will help install 400,000 additional panels and generate enough power for the entire province of Jujuy.
The park's CEO, Guillermo Hoerth, observes that state policies are key to turning Jujuy into a green province. "We must change the production model. The world is rapidly cutting fossil fuel emissions. This is a great opportunity," Hoerth says.
The province's energy chief, Mario Pizarro, says in turn that Susques and three other provincial districts are already self-sufficient with clean energy, and three other districts would soon follow.
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