Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has raised profound questions about how the United States and other members of the international community will approach global governance amid a host of transnational challenges.
China will be incentivized to adopt a growing leadership role in international trade and climate change negotiations in 2017 if the United States pursues more inward-looking policies under Trump.
China has found itself in the unique position as a global leader in the fight against climate change, but internal regulations to combat coal usage are facing resistance from local governments.
Even though the Clean Power Plan’s opponents will present the battle against climate change as one we cannot afford to fight, in reality it is one we cannot afford to lose.
The rapprochement between Beijing and Moscow, marked by the 2014 energy deal, faces several political and economic challenges. If successful, it could transform the balance of power in Asia.
China’s economic relationship with oil-rich Venezuela has always been risky, but it has recently become more instable, given low oil prices and the Latin American country’s domestic politics.
China hopes that the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris will help the country deepen reforms in its energy sector.
China’s commitment to addressing climate change may help serve as a bridge between the negotiating positions of developed and developing countries.
China’s national cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions and other recently announced initiatives are creating positive momentum ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris.
Beijing should approach its energy-centered partnership with Moscow in Central Asia with a degree of caution.