Entanglement of Climate and Trade Overshadows US-China Relations: Experts

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President Joe Biden’s clime envoy John Kerry went to China doubly successful the past six months but failed to get Beijing to cooperate connected clime issues.

In their gathering connected Sept. 1, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Kerry, “China-U.S. clime co-operation cannot beryllium separated from the wider situation of China-U.S. relations.”

However, aboriginal that month, Beijing abruptly ordered a bid of blackouts allegedly to “reduce carbon emission.”

Taiwanese economist Wu Jialong thought that the existent information down the powerfulness cuts was governmental alternatively than environmental.

Wu said his constituent tin beryllium seen from 2 events. The archetypal was connected Sept. 9 erstwhile Biden made a telephone telephone to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) person Xi Jinping. While the contented of the telephone mostly remains hidden from the public, it is known that the merchandise of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou was discussed. Meng, the girl of Huawei’s founder, was arrested successful Canada connected Dec. 1, 2018, for imaginable violations of U.S. sanctions connected Iran.

Two weeks aft the telephone call, 2 things happened: Meng was released; Beijing ordered blackouts.

Wu told The Epoch Times, “power cuts are temporary. It was successful speech for Meng’s release. Xi wanted to impressment Biden, ‘see, I tin support my promise.’ But it can’t lick the clime and emanation issues. It is besides intolerable for Beijing to usage powerfulness cuts successful speech for lowered tariffs.”

Pro-CCP Think Tank Cautiously Optimistic

On Oct. 25, a China-based pro-CCP deliberation tank, Intellisia, released a study saying that the China-U.S. narration is moving successful a absorption favorable to the CCP.

In summation to accrued communications betwixt high-level officials, the study listed 2 indicators, namely the merchandise of Meng and the inconclusive probe of the coronavirus origin.

The Intellisia study said that the CCP considers the microorganism root the “most politically delicate topic, yet the probe effect amazingly did not constituent to China arsenic the origin, alternatively it lone asked for transparency and much information sharing from China.

“Perhaps the Biden medication realized Beijing’s hypersensitivity and the beardown stance against this issue,” the study concluded.

Another lawsuit approved by the deliberation vessel was that connected the aforesaid time Meng was released, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo told The Wall Street Journal that she seeks to amended U.S. concern ties with China, and she plans to bring American executives to China.

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton commented that Raimondo is “not lone doing the bidding of the China lobby, she’s actively recruiting for it.”

CCP’s Renewed Climate Pledge ‘Mission Impossible’

On Oct. 28, China submitted an updated “Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) connected warring clime change” to the United Nations Framework Convention connected Climate Change up of the U.N. clime alteration talks successful Glasgow.

In the NDC, China pledged to summation star and upwind powerfulness capacity, and go c neutral by 2060. Both Wu and fiscal expert Huang Shicong told The Epoch Times that it is not that simple.

According to Wu, thermoelectricity powerfulness amounts to 77 percent of China’s energy production, portion hydropower amounts to 17 percent.

“To alteration c emission, 1 indispensable alteration the vigor structure, which is costly to bash but Beijing would alternatively walk the wealth connected planetary organizations and American politicians,” Wu said.

“In addition, occidental China is wherever much upwind and star powerfulness plants tin beryllium built,” Huang explained, “and the eastbound coastal country is wherever astir powerfulness is consumed. So, determination is the occupation with powerfulness retention and long-distance powerfulness transmission. Their powerfulness grid is different large issue.”

Both experts agreed that wind, solar, and hydropower trust heavy connected the upwind and are unpredictable.

Huang said that it is astir intolerable for China to scope its ain pledged goals.

“The full satellite is successful uncertainty due to the fact that they reopened rather a fig of ember mines owed to expanding energy consumption,” Huang said. “It shows that what they’ve done truthful acold is simply a full failure. Who would judge what they said successful the NDC?”

Kelly Song


Kelly Song is simply a U.S.-based writer for The Epoch Times focusing connected each things related to China.

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