Can China Really Lead on Climate Change?
President Trump, who once called climate change a Chinese hoax, has committed to withdrawing the United States from the UN Paris Agreement on climate change. Meanwhile, President Xi Jinping has doubled down on his support for the UN climate accord and the low-carbon energy transition of his country. With the United States in retreat and Europe divided, can China now take the lead?
Dr Sam Geall will argue it is unlikely China will assume such an international leadership position, at least in the short- to medium-term. However, longer-term technological and economic change suggests that China may eventually show greater ambition. In the meantime, the country faces major tests: at home in strengthening its domestic energy transition away from coal; and abroad in proving its green credentials through its overseas investments.
Dr Sam Geall, University of Sussex
Dr Sam Geall
University of Sussex
Sam Geall is Executive Editor of chinadialogue.net, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Associate Faculty at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. Sam was formerly Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography of China at the University of Oxford. He has a PhD in Social Anthropology from University of Manchester, a BA in Modern Chinese Studies from University of Leeds and was a Kennedy scholar at Harvard University. His research focuses on lowcarbon innovation, environmental governance, media and civil society in China. He edited *China and the Environment: The Green Revolution* (Zed Books, 2013).