Western public opinion currently perceives China as a country whose prodigious economic growth has come at the price of unsustainable levels of environmental pollution. Although this idea does hold a lot of truth to it, it also merits being updated. In recent times the Chinese Communist Party has started veering towards sustainability, also because of protests in large urban centres and in rural areas that have suffered the devastating presence of mines. This has resulted in the closure of some high-impact steelworks and aluminium foundries, and in the fact that today China can boast the highest output in the world from renewable sources, and one third of electric vehicles globally. The 19th Communist Party Congress, held in October 2017, had a decisive role in this sh...