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China’s Commitments to Fighting Climate Change: A Conversation with David Sandalow

In this episode, Mr. David Sandalow joins us to discuss China’s role in the global climate change agenda. Mr. Sandalow argues that Xi’s commitment in his speech to the UN General Assembly for China to become carbon-neutral by 2060 is an opportunity for China to present itself as a global leader on climate change policy. Mr. Sandalow also evaluates the progress China has made since signing the Paris Accords, how technological innovation will help China achieve its climate goals, and the potential impact of a Trump re-election or a Biden presidency on US-China cooperation to address climate change.

How Is China’s Energy Footprint Changing?

A country’s power is heavily connected to its ability to leverage energy resources. As the world’s largest consumer of energy, securing its energy needs is vital to China’s ability to pursue its national objectives and fuel its development.