While no specifics are available on the new water-energy program that will be part of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) this represents an important first step. Both countries have now officially recognized and committed resources to investigating an issue that will continue to grow in importance over time. 

“CERC is a different way for governments to cooperate,” Turner told Circle of Blue. “The way it is structured insulates it from political changes in the two countries because they’ve broadened the participants who are doing substantive work. CERC has more staying power. It’s a more regular forum for the United States and China to talk with each other.”

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