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Can China and the US Cooperate on Climate Change?

Li Shuo, Jennifer Turner, and Alex Wang discuss the role of climate change in China-U.S. relations.

During the Obama administration, climate change was a bright spot in China-U.S. cooperation. The Biden administration is keen to resurrect that legacy, but China has indicated that environmental cooperation won’t be immune from the tensions that prevail in the overall relationship.

What are the prospects for China-U.S. cooperation on climate change, particularly in the lead-up to the U.N. climate summit in November? And if bilateral cooperation stalls, what other avenues are there for making progress on our planet’s most pressing challenge?

On October 20, 2021, The Diplomat and Intellisia Institute co-hosted a webinar bringing together experts from China and the U.S. to discuss the role of climate change in China-U.S. relations.

Featuring Li Shuo, the Senior Climate & Energy Policy Officer for Greenpeace East Asia; Dr. Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Alex Wang Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. (Dr. Miao Zhongquan, a research fellow at the State Grid Energy Research Institute in Beijing, China, is a partial participant due to tech issues.)