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President Obama’s First Trip to Asia: Engaging with China on Climate Change

As Asia looks forward to President Obama’s trip, China is seeing important clean energy projects on an almost daily basis. Not only do we expect new projects from the President’s trip, but the Asian Development Bank launched a new carbon capture and storage project, and China is looking to buy U.S. solar panels for a new solar base.

With President Obama’s arrival in Asia just days away, the Chinese press is being upbeat but offering little specific on expectations.

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Cloud Seeding Overdose

The big news this past weekend was more about the weather than the climate. While the week began with lots of news about Chinese climate discussions with a number of key partners, as well as key U.S. China trade talks, by the weekend, the main talk of Beijing was astonishingly early snow.

Beijing, which generally has little precipitation in the winter, and rarely before December, saw a snowstorm start October 31 and build up through much of November 1. Beijingers were then surprised to learn that, in fact, the snow was seeded by the local meteorological bureau, which had hoped for rain and had not predicted the unseasonably cold temperatures. The Daily Mail has some great pictures of the storm here.

China-India MOU

With Copenhagen less than two months away, China’s international climate change relations seem in permanent high gear. This week was notable both for a new Memorandum of Understanding between China and India on climate change cooperation, and for a telephone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao to encourage progress toward Copenhagen.

President Hu’s UN Speech: Key Signal that Chinese Domestic Policy will be more Carbon-Focused

Expectations had been raised high, perhaps unrealistically so before President Hu’s speech to the UN General Assembly, September 22. Friends in China had been telling everyone, including lots of reporters, that President Hu would say something about carbon intensity. Indeed he did, promising to “cut carbon intensity per unit GDP by a notable margin.” (see Hu Jintao’s Speech on Climate Change) But many had expected more news, not just a confirmation of what was earlier rumor. The most significant news was that this was the first time a Chinese President had ever attended the UN General Assembly, and he chose climate change as his topic. (Commentary: Hu Jintao remains short on detail). Equally importantly, President Hu’s speech addressed China’s specific policies – reducing energy intensity and increasing the use of renewables and of forest cover in ways that will lead to a directly measurable reduction in carbon intensity.

WRI: China, the United States, and the Climate Change Challenge

A new WRI report, China, the United States, and the Climate Change Challenge discusses the successes and challenges to effective regulation in China, outlining the major advances made in implementing effective energy efficiency programs in the past several years. These include targeted programs for both large and small enterprises, specific goals for government officials, and the development of energy statistics infrastructure. It also addresses U.S.