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ChinaFAQs: Resources for the Hu-Obama Summit

China and the U.S. at the Summit

ChinaFAQs: The U.S. and China at the Summit: Climate & Energy Developments in China and U.S.-China Collaboration

Questions Addressed:
  1. What are the U.S. and China doing together to make progress on climate and energy issues?
  2. What are the opportunities and challenges for U.S. – China business cooperation on clean technology and public-private partnerships?
  3. What did the U.S. and China agree to in Cancun?
  4. What important steps is China taking on climate and energy?
  5. What steps can we expect China to take in the coming year?
  6. Are the United States and China’s Cancun commitments sufficient to avert catastrophic climate change?

Ask the ChinaFAQs Experts: “What Outcomes Do You Hope to See From the Hu Jintao-Obama Summit?”

As Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama prepare to meet in Washington next week, economic and security issues have been receiving the most attention in recent press. However, the visit also presents an opportunity to discuss climate and energy issues, which have long represented areas for cooperation between the two nations, even amid tensions over other issues. We asked several experts from the ChinaFAQs network to provide their views on what they would like to see result from this summit.

What Cancun Means for China and the U.S.

The Cancun Agreements have been widely praised as a step forward for the international climate negotiating process to address climate change. In the run-up to this year’s meeting in Cancun there was a lot of concern about how the relationship between the United States and China would play out in the negotiations, and whether the competing interests of the world’s two largest emitters would be an impediment to progress. However, in these negotiations, there were improved relations– both in tone and engagement– between the United States and China.

Undergraduates Present MOU to lead U.S. and China Negotiators at UN Climate Summit in Cancun

In the hectic hallway traffic of the Moon Palace Resort, where the UN climate negotiations have been underway since last week, Washington University in St. Louis undergraduates Jiakun Zhao and John Delurey met with lead Chinese negotiator Su Wei. And by a stroke of luck, Jonathan Pershing, a senior U.S. negotiator, happened to walk by in a fortuitous moment reflective of the U.S. and China’s softer and more conciliatory tone in the talks.

Students from the U.S. and China Collaborate on MOU to be Presented at COP-16

“Late last year, Ren and around 40 other young Chinese people arrived in Copenhagen, hoping to break the silence of their peers on the international issue of climate change. They constituted the largest Chinese youth group ever to take part in a United Nations climate-change summit.”

-China Dialogue, April 14, 2010

ChinaFAQs: U.S. – China Collaboration on Energy & Climate

Key Points

  • Collaboration between the United States and China, the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, will be key to scaling up the technologies needed to curb climate change and reduce costs.
  • The two nations have collaborated for over 20 years on energy and climate issues, and recently agreed to a new, wide-ranging set of cooperative efforts.
  • Collaboration can deliver tangible benefits to both nations and the world at-large, including new markets for U.S. technologies, better monitoring of China’s emissions, and lower global costs of controlling emissions.

U.S. and China Advance Clean Energy Research Partnership on Building Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its third grant under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive $12.5 million from DOE over the next five years to lead a consortium on energy-efficient building technologies.

EPA Administrator signs Memorandum of Understanding with China on Environmental Protection

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection recently renewed a memorandum of understanding to continue existing collaboration and establish new opportunities to work together on environmental protection.

Updates from Tianjin: Progress on the GreenGen IGCC project

Having the intercessional UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in China this week – the last stop before ministers and heads of state meet in Cancun for the sixteenth Conference of Parties (COP-16) – provides a timely opportunity for participants to witness firsthand elements of China’s clean energy and climate policies in action.