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  • Mikaila Smith, J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School

    Feb 08, 2021

    China’s lack of environmental regulations has been fingered as a culprit in accelerating the climate crisis, but by digging into the nation’s opaque legal process, changes have been made quietly and consistently towards accountability in pollution and waste.

  • Ma Shikun, Senior Journalist, the People’s Daily

    Feb 08, 2021

    If the United States is going to complain about China’s transparency and handling of WHO experts, it should be willing to open its own biolabs around the world to scrutiny. Solving this mystery is an urgent task for all mankind.

  • Li Yanliang, Assistant Research Fellow, SIIS

    Jan 16, 2021

    As China-U.S. relations deteriorate, communication and cooperation on energy and environmental issues have ground to a halt. Yet climate cooperation between the two largest polluters during the Paris climate conference in 2015 provides some lessons to be learned.

  • Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong

    Xiao Geng, President of the Hong Kong Institution for International Finance

    Jan 06, 2021

    As the United States prepares for a radical course-correction on climate change, China is raising its game. Climate action has become yet another front in the competition between the world’s two largest economies. Who will cross the net-zero-emissions finish line first?

  • Shang-Jin Wei, Professor, Finance and Economics at Columbia University

    Dec 23, 2020

    China’s pledge in September to pursue carbon neutrality by 2060 was followed by a similar pledge from Japan a month later. With these commitments being made at a time when the US has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord, it is easy to interpret them as part of the ongoing geopolitical competition for global leadership. But managing climate change is not a zero-sum game. Here, national competition to strengthen ambitions and policies benefits everyone.

  • Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, Former President of Ireland

    Dec 16, 2020

    Millions of people around the world are facing significant adversity. Governments must provide adequate financial and social protection, so that the poor and marginalized do not feel they must choose between protecting their health and providing for their families. And they must address the deeper social inequalities that the pandemic has exacerbated.

  • Zhou Xiaoming, Former Deputy Permanent Representative of China’s Mission to the UN Office in Geneva

    Dec 15, 2020

    While the Western media criticize the country’s efforts and spread doubt about its motives, it is actually focusing on what matters — saving lives. While others race to be first, China is striving to be safe and effective.

  • Kevin Tu, an adjunct professor, Beijing Normal University

    Nov 30, 2020

    In his video address to the United Nations General Assembly in September, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a slight improvement of China’s 2015 Paris climate agreement pledge: national carbon dioxide emissions should now peak before 2030 rather than around 2030.

  • Gu Bin, China Forum expert at Tsinghua University, Associate Professor of Law at Beijing Foreign Studies University

    Nov 10, 2020

    U.S. President Donald Trump proved himself utterly incompetent in the face of the pandemic, grievously harming his country, his allies and the world. Following China’s light would have averted untold suffering.

  • Kemel Toktomushev, Research Fellow, University of Central Asia

    Sep 16, 2020

    Even as the global pandemic continues to unfold, geopolitical maneuvering remains in play. The outbreak has exposed how struggles for power, respect, and control play out even in matters of public health as powerful nations aim to maximize their gains alongside a working treatment.

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