Common Challenge, Collaborative Response: A Roadmap for US-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change

Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher: Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations; Pew Center on Global Climate Change


Research Area: Energy; Environment

Keywords: Globalization; Climate change; Rapprochement

Type: Report

Coverage: China United States


A new comprehensive program for cooperation between the United States and China that focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and thus mitigating the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change, is both necessary and possible. Indeed, as this Report suggests, if human beings hope to avoid the worst consequences of global climate change, the United States and China--respectively the world's largest developed and developing nations, the two largest energy consumers, and the two largest producers of greenhouse gases--have no alternative but to become far more active partners in developing low-carbon economies.