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President Obama departed China today after quite a productive two days. The major accomplishments on the climate front were the series of agreements signed yesterday. While expectations for Copenhagen have been somewhat lowered – towards a “political” deal rather than completing all the work needed for the full-scale treaty – both Obama and Hu indicated they were working to get to a good deal.
Obama’s China Trip: US-China Joint Statement, Clean Energy Projects, and Environmental Capacity-Building MOUPosted by Deborah Seligsohn on Nov 17, 2009
President Obama and his team look like they’ve had a productive day in Beijing, even if Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had to remind the media that the Obama team was not expecting “that the waters would part and everything would change over our almost two-and-a-half day trip to China.” The just-released U.S.-China Joint Statement is almost encyclopedic in its coverage of the challenges facing these two world leaders, with commitments to work together more closely on them.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009
At the invitation of President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, President Barack Obama of the United States of America is paying a state visit to China from November 15–18, 2009. The Presidents held in-depth, productive and candid discussions on U.S.-China relations and other issues of mutual interest.
As Asia looks forward to President Obama’s trip, China is seeing important clean energy projects on an almost daily basis. Not only do we expect new projects from the President’s trip, but the Asian Development Bank launched a new carbon capture and storage project, and China is looking to buy U.S. solar panels for a new solar base.
With President Obama’s arrival in Asia just days away, the Chinese press is being upbeat but offering little specific on expectations.
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The big news this past weekend was more about the weather than the climate. While the week began with lots of news about Chinese climate discussions with a number of key partners, as well as key U.S. China trade talks, by the weekend, the main talk of Beijing was astonishingly early snow.
Beijing, which generally has little precipitation in the winter, and rarely before December, saw a snowstorm start October 31 and build up through much of November 1. Beijingers were then surprised to learn that, in fact, the snow was seeded by the local meteorological bureau, which had hoped for rain and had not predicted the unseasonably cold temperatures. The Daily Mail has some great pictures of the storm here.