Following the recent U.S.-China state visit, climate change has been an area of growing bilateral cooperation. China announced several significant initiatives, including a nationwide cap-and-trade scheme for several industries. In this podcast with Paul Haenle, Carnegie-Tsinghua’s Wang Tao discusses how these developments will affect China’s energy future, U.S.-China relations, and global efforts to combat the negative effects of climate change.

Wang observes that China has placed greater importance on energy and climate issues, prompting positive developments in Chinese policymaking. For example, Wang notes that China’s commitment to provide $3 billion to help other developing countries face climate change is a positive step toward overcoming past reluctance to take a leading role on the issue. Wang Tao asserts that China’s domestic reforms, cooperation with the United States, and other international contributions are sources of positive momentum for UN-sponsored climate change talks in Paris later this year, although numerous challenges remain to be addressed.

Wang Tao

Wang Tao is a resident scholar in the Energy and Climate Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. His research focuses on China’s climate and energy policy, with particular attention to unconventional oil and natural gas, transportation, electric vehicles, and international climate negotiations.

Paul Haenle

Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Prior to joining Carnegie, he served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.