In an article titled “What Jeremy Lin and US-China Cooperation on Climate Change Don’t (Yet) Have in Common”, Angel Hsu, the Project director at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, talks about the glaring omission in recent high level talks between the US and China.
These are frightful scores for two countries that collectively emit more than 40 percent of the worlds carbon dioxide. To make matters worse, any mention of climate change — or, more broadly, environmental concerns in general — was noticeably absent last week when Xi met with top U.S. officials in Washington D.C. to discuss a range of “greatest concerns” for both countries.These are consequential omissions that could set the wrong precedent for Chinas leadership transition. Particularly at a time when U.S.-China cooperation on climate and energy under a new Xi leadership is uncertain, this recent trip missed an opportunity to set key messages for Xi to consider in the coming months.One of the most straightforward aims must be U.S.-China cooperation on technology innovation.
The article underscores both country’s very poor environmental record and the critical need for both countries to begin to develop more robust collaborations that can generate synergies in climate mitigation and renewable energy.