Monday, September 28, 2015

DIPLOMACY - China White House Summit

"What did and didn’t get done at the U.S.-China White House summit" PBS NewsHour 9/25/2015


SUMMARY:  Climate change was one area of agreement between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but the leaders made little headway on human rights and a South China Sea territory dispute.  Judy Woodruff talks with Christopher Johnson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Susan Shirk of University of California, San Diego.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  For more on what they might and might not be discussing at that dinner, I’m joined by John Mearsheimer, a professor at the University of Chicago and former Air Force officer.  Susan Shirk, she was a deputy assistant secretary of state for China in the Clinton administration.  She now chairs the 21st Century China Program at the University of California, San Diego.  And Christopher Johnson, a senior adviser who closely watches China at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Welcome, all three, to the program.

Let’s talk first about what was accomplished, China signing on to this climate change agreement, so-called cap-and-trade system, Susan Shirk, wherein they limit how much an industry can pollute.  How significant is this?

SUSAN SHIRK, University of California, San Diego:  Well, it’s very significant because air pollution has become a domestic political problem in China.

And the Chinese leadership has, therefore, gotten very serious about its commitments on climate change, because these two issues are very much related.  And to see China and the United States both making strong commitments on climate change going into the U.N. climate summit…

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