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Ahead of Xi Jinping and Barack Obama’s meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, Shi Yinhong, director of the Center on American Studies at Renmin University, shares his views on the Sino-US climate relationship.
Shi Yinhong (SY): It was during the latter part of the George W. Bush administration. Strategic relations between the two countries were better back then than they are today: China had fewer regional issues and the US wasn’t so involved. But at the time, there were quite a lot of trade disputes, and Bush sent his energy secretary to push China on climate change. Bush’s administration wasn’t actually so keen about doing anything on climate change at home, however.
CD: How did US-China climate change cooperation change when Obama came to power?
SY: The US government became more active in its approach to climate change. Obama had a clearer view of the significance for America and saw it as a way to expand American influence and to compete with the EU for sway over public opinion and the ability to guide the debate. […]
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