This used to be usa...remember the glory days of nasa? Fast forward to present, right below this china link i see usa lost tens of billions of $ in iraq out of the $40 billion *RAW CASH* we shipped over, the cash simply vanished with no money trail, 3 year investigation turned up nothing. It's ironic this entire project in china also cost around $40 billion. Now you decide which is more beneficial for their respective country. China is investing/stealing/copying whatever you want to call it, and continues to push innovation/advanced tech in their country at an insane pace creating sustainable jobs for its people and becoming market leaders in those new tech in the world, meanwhile we are moving backwards with all the political bullshit & infighting, bleeding dry all the reserve the previous generations builtup over the last 200+ years. ------------ TIANJIN, China â Towering over the Bohai Sea shoreline on this cityâs outskirts, the Beijiang Power and Desalination Plant is a 26-billion-renminbi technical marvel: an ultrahigh-temperature, coal-fired generator with state-of-the-art pollution controls, mated to advanced Israeli equipment that uses its leftover heat to distill seawater into fresh water. There is but one wrinkle in the $4 billion plant: The desalted water costs twice as much to produce as it sells for. Nevertheless, the owner of the complex, a government-run conglomerate called S.D.I.C., is moving to quadruple the plantâs desalinating capacity, making it Chinaâs largest. âSomeone has to lose money,â Guo Qigang, the plantâs general manager, said in a recent interview. âWeâre a state-owned corporation, and itâs our social responsibility.â In some places, this would be economic lunacy. In China, it is economic strategy. As it did with solar panels and wind turbines, the government has set its mind on becoming a force in yet another budding environment-related industry: supplying the world with fresh water. Chinaâs latest five-year plan for the sector is expected to order the establishment of a national desalination industry, according to Guo Yozhi, who heads the China Desalination Association. Institutes in at least six Chinese cities are researching developments in membranes, the technology at the core of the most sophisticated and cost-effective desalination techniques. The National Development and Reform Commission, Chinaâs top-level state planning agency, is drafting plans to give preferential treatment to domestic companies that build desalting equipment or patent desalting technologies. There is talk of tax breaks and low-interest loans to encourage domestic production. But some say slaking Chinaâs thirst may be a beneficial sideline to larger aims. The global market for desalination technology will more than quadruple by 2020 to about $50 billion a year, the research firm SBI Energy predicted last month, and growing water shortages worldwide appear to ensure further growth. Beyond that, the increasingly sophisticated membrane technologies that filter salt from seawater can be applied to sewage treatment, pollution control and a legion of other cutting-edge uses. Far outpaced now by foreign membrane producers, which command at least 85 percent of the market, China is set on developing its own advanced technologies. Some experts say that is where the governmentâs interest mostly lies. âWhat this is about is developing Chinaâs membrane industry, more than it is local use,â said Ms. Jensen, the Singapore analyst. âThis is an export industry fundamentally, not one to make a green China.â Whatever the motivation, China is already racing toward meeting its targets. Just as foreign companies rushed to China to secure a place in its budding wind-energy market, the list of foreign companies that have plunged into Chinaâs desalination industry is long: Hyflux of Singapore, Toray of Japan, Befesa of Spain, Brack of Israel and ERI of the United States, among others. And just as foreigners shifted solar-energy research and production to China, desalination companies are leaving their home bases as well. The Norwegian company Aqualyng is a partner with the Beijing city government on a desalination plant in Tangshan, a coastal city about 135 miles east of Beijing, and is studying moving its manufacturing facilities from Europe to China. ERI, which is based in San Francisco and claims to have the desalination industryâs most advanced technology, is moving research facilities to China and is considering moving manufacturing as well at some later date. âYou can either fight them or join them, and our philosophy is that China likely is going to be the next big desalination market,â he added. âI would rather develop technology for China in China and take a more open approach than play the secrets game.â full article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/45042111/China_Takes_a_Loss_to_Get_Ahead_in_the_Business_of_Fresh_Water ---------------- woosh..another game over.