China's century: on the march

Rowan Callick, The Australian


Verdant mountains cannot stop water flowing; eastward the water keeps on going.

THUS the headline for an article in which China's Xinhua newsagency has responded to Western critics of the country's role in the recent climate change conference. It included a detailed account of the government's efforts, and of Premier Wen Jiabao's meetings during his 60 hours in Copenhagen for the summit.

It said, in defiance of attacks such as that of Britain's Climate Secretary Ed Miliband, who accused China of hijacking the event: "The Copenhagen conference has put China on a higher and broader

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