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Jennifer Turner, Director of CEF interviewed by Circle of Blue

Dr. Jennifer Turner, Director of China Environment Forum discusses with Circle of Blue the significance of the new water-energy program announced at the APEC meeting.

Jennifer Turner, Director of CEF interviewed by Circle of Blue
President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China greet children during the State Arrival Welcome Ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 12. White House Official Photo © Pete Souza

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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