Bright future for China-U.S. energy and environmental protection cooperation

10:53, November 12, 2009      

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As Obama's visit to China in mid-November approaches and with the upcoming global climate conference in Copenhagen in December, the low-carbon economy once again becomes the hot topic. During Obama's visit to China, the United States is expected to reach some kind of agreement with China on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and Sino-U.S. energy and environmental protection cooperation may enter the practical implementation phase.

As early as the Bush administration, since the establishment of China-U.S. strategic talk mechanism, the greatest achievement of two sides in the field of economic cooperation is the cooperation in energy and environmental protection.

On November 11, 2007, at the third round of China-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue, of all the 14 economic and trade cooperation documents signed, half of the contents involve energy, environmental protection, science and technology and other fields. For the expansion of high-tech trade between China and the U.S., the two sides agree that at that time energy and environmental protection are expected to be the breakthrough points. Then the two sides together developed a 10-year plan for sustainable development of the environment and energy security.

On June 18, 2008, after the fourth round of China-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue, the two sides signed the Decade of Sino-U.S. Energy and Environment Cooperation Framework in Washington. After four dialogues in nearly two years, this strategic agreement document was finally signed. Cooperation in environmental protection and energy saving have been considered the new growth point of Sino-U.S. economic and trade cooperation.

For China, energy saving and environmental protection are extremely urgent. This relates to the sustainability of China's economic growth, and also indicates whether China is able to change economic growth mode.
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