Beijing's formulation of the {Alternative Energy Revitalization Plan} is yet another concrete illustration of the determination of the Chinese government to develop a low-carbon economy. It is also a reminder to critics of China's efforts to tackle climate change that Beijing is taking significant steps in realizing that goal. To be responsible in their criticism, those who care about climate change need to get under the hood and examine in detail the renewable energy engine that China is building and avoid the oversimplification that obscures a real convergence of interests.

While the first two goals mirror the “two-fer” benefits that President Obama has described for the U.S.’s alternative energy policy, China has upped the ante with its third goal: taking a leadership role internationally with respect to alternative energy development, which the Chinese believe will be one of the most important sources of national strength in the years ahead.