A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24. China’s carbon pledge is part of its goal to achieve an “ecological civilisation”. Photo: EPA-EFE A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24. China’s carbon pledge is part of its goal to achieve an “ecological civilisation”. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24. China’s carbon pledge is part of its goal to achieve an “ecological civilisation”. Photo: EPA-EFE
Yifei Li
Opinion

Opinion

Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro

The high stakes and pitfalls of China’s drive for carbon leadership

  • China’s ambitious carbon pledge may be the world’s last best hope and has great potential for renewed US cooperation
  • But it also risks justifying greater authoritarianism at home, more controversial dams and exports of carbon liabilities to belt and road countries

A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24. China’s carbon pledge is part of its goal to achieve an “ecological civilisation”. Photo: EPA-EFE A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24. China’s carbon pledge is part of its goal to achieve an “ecological civilisation”. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24. China’s carbon pledge is part of its goal to achieve an “ecological civilisation”. Photo: EPA-EFE
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