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China storms past US and Japan to take lead in wind and solar power

Beijing's pivot to renewables is one reason for trade war with Washington

China's solar generation capacity swelled nearly 700-fold in the decade through 2018, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

TOKYO -- China has come to dominate worldwide solar and wind energy generation, in terms of both its own capacity and its companies' share of global markets, leaving previous powerhouses -- particularly the U.S. and Japan -- to play catch-up.

In an office building in Shanghai, dozens of workers employed by Envision Group, the world's fifth-largest wind turbine maker, oversee a network encompassing 100 gigawatts of power generation capacity -- equivalent to all of Japan's renewables.

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