Chen Ying, Senior Research Fellow at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Influenced by the relationship between the U.S. and China, the issue of climate change often indicates the direction of bilateral relations. Historically, when China-U.S. relations are strengthened, climate change becomes an early area of collaboration. It can also serve as a litmus test of the sincerity and effectiveness of cooperation between the two countries. Despite efforts, executing substantial cooperation remains difficult and challenging between the two countries right now.
At present, relations between China and the U.S. are at an unprecedentedly complex phase. On the one hand, the U.S. calls for China’s cooperation in the field of international climate governance. On the other hand, it continues to apply pressure and containment measures against China – a stance that is logically inconsistent and unworkable.