Tao Wenzhao Researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Jun 13 , 2017
The path of green and low-carbon development outlined in the Paris Agreement fits beautifully with China’s strategy to develop an ecological civilization. Hard-won and embraced by virtually every country, its spirit stands in stark contrast to the new US president’s lack of forward thinking.
Shen Dingli Associate Dean, Fudan Unversity
Jun 13 , 2017
With the US now unwilling to pay the price of global leadership, other countries will seize both the opportunities and the responsibility to make the Paris accord work.
P. Elisabeth Smits PhD candidate, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
Mar 22 , 2017
Calling something a ‘win-win’ is one of Beijing’s favorite phrases, and whether it is derided as a slogan for China’s external relations or is explained as a core principle in China’s foreign policy approach, there is no doubt that it is firmly part of Beijing’s official lexicon. Finding situations where everybody wins is not easy, especially at the global level, but with green finance, China has come quite close to the fulfilling the true meaning of the term.
Madison Freeman Project Assistant, Atlantic Council
Feb 27 , 2017
With commitments to clean energy and combatting climate change wavering under the new US administration, leadership in renewable energy is quietly shifting away from the United States across the Pacific, where China is rapidly building its dominance.
Kristen McDonald China Program Director, Pacific Environment
Oct 19 , 2016
When a mine leaks heavy metals into drinking water supply in China, or when school children fall sick due to contaminated soil, or when a factory exceeds its pollution, whose job is it to respond? Kristen McDonald met with grassroots environmental groups around China to understand the challenges communities face, and the help that NGOs provide to local environmental protection bureaus.
Carla Park Freeman Associate Director and Research Professor, China Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Oct 18 , 2016
Friction between Washington and Beijing may be growing, but the Paris climate change agreement stands out as a powerful example of what can be achieved when the U.S. and China cooperate. In the context of U.S. climate politics, cooperation with China may do little to persuade opponents of climate change policy whose views are rooted in denial of climate change. However, cooperation between the two countries in tandem with the Paris Agreement has engendered a sense among industry leaders that sustained competitiveness must involve adapting to a low carbon economy.
Matthew D. Johnson Chair, East Asian Studies and Associate Professor, History, Grinnell College
Oct 07 , 2016
Matthew Johnson discusses the environmental and political implications of the Paris Agreement as it is poised to take effect. Ratification of the Paris Agreement by the U.S. and China signifies an increasingly rare moment of visible cooperation between two environmentally impactful countries. What remains to be seen is how leadership gets allocated in terms of economic benefit and global rule setting.
Marianne Ojo Visiting Professor and Post-doctoral Researcher, George Mason University
Sep 28 , 2016
The 2015 Paris Climate Summit Agreement witnessed a huge and significant step forward in its legal enforcement, on September 3, 2016, following its ratification by China and the United States. Marianne Ojo discusses specifics of the Agreement, and the inspiration China and the U.S. provide for the remaining countries to sign the Agreement—still needing at least 30 more signatures to legally take effect.
Gwynne Taraska Associate Director, Energy Policy, Center for American Progress
Andrew Light Professor, George Mason University
Sep 28 , 2016
On September 3rd, the United States and China formally joined the Paris Agreement, a historic global pact to curb greenhouse gas pollution and build resilience to the damaging effects of climate change.