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Go west: building China's commodity superhighway

Go west: building China's commodity superhighway

Report summary

The gravitational shift from China's east to west is well underway, reinforcing the country's long-term Go West policy. The 'One Belt, One Road' strategy – introduced by President Xi in 2013 – aims to encourage people and capital to migrate from the coast to the western provinces, opening up new markets in Central Asia and beyond with a new Silk Road for the 21st century. The plan is ambitious, but also comes with risks.

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  • Executive summary
  • Is China's west the new east?
    • A new energy and commodity superhighway in China's west
  • "Go West, young man"
    • Rich energy resources (coal, gas, oil, renewables)
    • Cost advantage
    • Strong policy support
  • Too good to be true?
  • "If you build it, they will come"

In this report there are 11 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
  • Is China's west the new east?
    • Rise of China's west
    • Go west: building China's commodity superhighway: Image 2
  • "Go West, young man"
    • Significant cost advantage in the west...
    • ...and industries are responding
  • Too good to be true?
  • "If you build it, they will come"
    • Go west: building China's commodity superhighway: Table 1
    • Coastal capacity mix
    • Non-coastal capacity mix
    • Coastal generation mix
    • Non-coastal generation mix
    • Marketable coal reserves by province top 10
    • Marketable coal reserves by region
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