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A week after taking office, President Biden announced a whole-of-government approach to combat “the existential threat of climate change.” He signed three executive orders, one of which “makes it official that climate change will be at the center of our national security and foreign policy.”
As the world’s two largest economies and carbon emitters, the United States and China are uniquely positioned to mobilize international action, and their collaboration is essential if the world is to make the transformational progress needed to confront the pressing threat of climate change.
U.S.-China relations are at their lowest point since normalization. But efforts to find common ground will be center stage as President Biden hosts a virtual summit on climate for global leaders on April 22-23 and U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry returns from his visit to China and South Korea.
Join us on Earth Day, April 22 from 1 to 2pm EDT, to explore possible environment-related confidence-building measures with China, including green technology projects, to work through the challenges in the bilateral relationship for the good of the American people and the planet.
Panelists are Joanna Lewis, Associate Professor and Director of Science, Technology and International Affairs Program at Georgetown University; Jonas Nahm, Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at SAIS; Alex Wang, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law; and Michael Swaine of the Quincy Institute who will moderate the discussion.