On Climate, US And China Pledge Cooperation, But Competition Will Also Be Prominent

23-Apr-2021 Intellasia | NPR | 5:02 AM Print This Post

President Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry, and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, agreed last week that China and the United States, the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, should cooperate on tackling the climate crisis.

But with bilateral ties at their worst in decades, and few details emerging from their meeting in Shanghai, observers have been left to guess what that cooperation might look like.

Meanwhile, competition with China is coming into focus as a key piece of the Biden administration’s response to climate change. Some analysts say that might be a good thing.

Angel Hsu an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who studies public policy, the climate and China was initially taken aback by the prominent mention of the need to meet “the ambitions of an autocratic China” in Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan, unveiled last month.

“But then I thought, if it actually leads to productive competition and lights a fire under Americans to actually try to compete with China on clean energy, then it might not be necessarily a bad thing,” she says.



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