Prologue to the 2013 U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue – ChinaFAQs Press Call

ChinaFAQs climate and energy experts and top media representatives took part in a ChinaFAQs press call on July 8th to preview the July 10th and 11th U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), which for the first time will include a designated Climate Change Working Group. ChinaFAQs network experts discussed recent events and potential areas of U.S.-China cooperation, including air pollution, shale gas, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and more. The experts also offered insights into what the S&ED will mean for U.S. and China climate goals and emissions.

Deborah Seligsogn, a researcher at University of California at San Diego, commented that there is a sense of renewed momentum for bilateral cooperation on climate and energy. She said that with new leadership in China and new environmental pressures, climate and environmental issues are higher on the domestic agenda, and the announcement of the U.S. plan for addressing climate change, has given the Chinese more confidence to engage on the issue.

Denise Mauzerall, Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs at Princeton, talked about air pollution issues in China and the potential for cooperation with the U.S. Professor Mauzerall discussed the major sources of air pollution in China: industry, energy and transportation. For all of these areas, Professor Mauzerall discussed the climate and health co-benefits that could come from action, and the benefits for both countries.

Sarah Forbes, a Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute, shared insights on the future of fossil fuels in China and collaboration between the U.S. and China on shale gas and carbon capture and storage (CCS). In the realm of CCS, Forbes discussed recent momentum in China, the future outlook, and potential for U.S. collaboration. On shale gas, she discussed the uncertainties surrounding Chinese shale gas and the opportunities for collaboration with the U.S. on technical and regulatory issues, which could lead to economic and climate benefits for both countries.

The panel of experts then also addressed questions from the media on topics such as how the new U.S. domestic climate plan can influence bilateral engagement with China, what types of cooperative initiatives we may see in the near future, and how the U.S. and China can collaborate on new low carbon technologies.

To hear a full recording of the press call, please use the media player below:

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