A man cycles past the Waigaoqiao Power Generator Company coal power plant in Shanghai. Even with China’s heightened pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the prospect of the US rejoining the Paris climate agreement, greater US-China cooperation is essential to addressing climate change before it is too late. Photo: AFP A man cycles past the Waigaoqiao Power Generator Company coal power plant in Shanghai. Even with China’s heightened pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the prospect of the US rejoining the Paris climate agreement, greater US-China cooperation is essential to addressing climate change before it is too late. Photo: AFP
A man cycles past the Waigaoqiao Power Generator Company coal power plant in Shanghai. Even with China’s heightened pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the prospect of the US rejoining the Paris climate agreement, greater US-China cooperation is essential to addressing climate change before it is too late. Photo: AFP
Brian P. Klein
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Brian P. Klein

US-China relations: climate change crisis can unite squabbling great powers

  • Unless the United States and China find a way to work together to address the most pressing issue of our time, a disaster scenario is almost impossible to avoid
  • Their climate change commitments must also not be linked to the contentious issues in the relationship. These issues should be addressed in parallel

A man cycles past the Waigaoqiao Power Generator Company coal power plant in Shanghai. Even with China’s heightened pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the prospect of the US rejoining the Paris climate agreement, greater US-China cooperation is essential to addressing climate change before it is too late. Photo: AFP A man cycles past the Waigaoqiao Power Generator Company coal power plant in Shanghai. Even with China’s heightened pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the prospect of the US rejoining the Paris climate agreement, greater US-China cooperation is essential to addressing climate change before it is too late. Photo: AFP
A man cycles past the Waigaoqiao Power Generator Company coal power plant in Shanghai. Even with China’s heightened pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the prospect of the US rejoining the Paris climate agreement, greater US-China cooperation is essential to addressing climate change before it is too late. Photo: AFP
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Brian P. Klein

Brian P. Klein

Brian P. Klein (@brianpklein) is a geopolitical and economic strategist and former US diplomat.