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The Xi-Obama Meeting: Outcomes and Expectations

The meeting between President Xi and President Obama has come and gone leaving in its wake opinions on outcomes and expectations. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly helps us sort through the details and also provides thoughts on how China views the TPP agreement. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



Lessons Learned from China's ETA Pilot Programs, says CEF Director Jennifer Turner in Xinhua News

In September, President Xi Jinping told the UN Sustainable Development Summit that China wants discussion on establishing a global energy network to meet the global power demand with clean and green alternatives. China is promoting green, low-carbon, climate resilient and sustainable development through institutional innovation, policy and action.The government will also encourage banks and enterprises to issue more green bonds, to establish green development funds that support environmental management and protection.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in the Washington Post on China's Cap and Trade Plan

Chinese President Xi Jinping made his commitment to introduce a nationwide cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions. However, the effectiveness of the emissions trading system, now being used by seven Chinese cities, will hinge on how the system is designed and implemented.

Does China Have the Institutions to Make Cap and Trade Work?

When China announced that it would institute a cap-and-trade program to control greenhouse gas emissions, many environmentalists praised the development. They took it as a sign that the world's second-largest economy is serious about becoming a leader in the fight against climate change

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Featured on BBC News Discussing China's New Carbon Trading System

At the height of President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the U.S., China announced a national carbon trading system to begin in 2017.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner discusses China's new market mechanism for curbing carbon emissions, examining issue areas and its role in the U.S.-China Climate Agreement made in November 2014. Turner cites transparency issues on the road ahead for implementation.

Dr. Turner's commentary is featured at 13:41-16:57. For full interview, please click here.

Decarbonizing China’s Power Sector for Cleaner Air and Climate Smart Cities

At the US-China Climate Smart/Low Carbon City Summit held September 15-16 in Los Angeles, 11 Chinese cities and 3 provinces committed to taking steps to reduce carbon emissions and reach “peak coal” earlier than China’s national 2030 target. Continued expansion of renewables, gas, nuclear power and energy efficient buildings in China’s cities will depend heavily on efforts to decarbonize the country’s power grid.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in Xinhua News on Recent U.S.-China Commitments to November 2014 Climate Agreement

Commitments from China and the United States, the world's two largest economies, injected fresh energy into the battle against climate change, while bolstering prospects for an ambitious pact in Paris later this year, environmental experts said.

China Announces Cap and Trade Program

China Environment Forum Director, Jennifer Turner, comments on China’s “cap and trade program” announcement.

Jennifer Turner has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 13 years. She has created meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and climate challenges, as well as environmental nongovernmental organizations, environmental journalism, and environmental governance in China.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in U.S. News & World Report Article on China's Commitment to Reducing Carbon Emissions

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the White House on Thursday may seem like just another in a long line of general diplomatic meetings where much is discussed but little is resolved​​​​​​​​​​​. But behind closed doors the Obama administration has built a stable diplomatic relationship with China that shows no signs of collapsing, experts say, even as the discussion between the two superpowers becomes increasingly blunt.

COAL: China's laws not winning the climate and pollution 'war,' experts say

China is entering a new era of energy and environmental laws aimed at clearing the air while ratcheting down carbon pollution, experts said yesterday.

Speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, policy analysts and environmental activists working on Chinese energy issues praised a new air pollution law aimed at restricting various forms of smog. But, they argued, while China is increasingly serious about tackling the twin challenges of climate change and air pollution, the government needs still more tools to restrict the growth of coal.