Beijing should approach its energy-centered partnership with Moscow in Central Asia with a degree of caution.
If Obama and Xi can enhance coordination of U.S. and Chinese economic and energy policies, it could help bolster market confidence and improve the prospects of the Paris Climate Change Conference.
China continues to view Venezuela as a key source of oil, but Beijing has also been strengthening its private and public energy partnerships with other Latin American countries.
China must improve its monitoring of petcoke, an alternative fuel source, in order to successfully address the country’s air pollution challenges.
China must address the negative environmental impact of petcoke, an inexpensive but dirty alternative to coal, if the country’s efforts to manage carbon emissions are to be effective.
The U.S.-China joint climate statement that was announced last November is a first step toward addressing climate change, but success will depend on further global collaboration.
China’s growing use of petcoke, an inexpensive but environmentally unfriendly coal alternative, must be addressed for the country’s efforts to reduce air pollution to be effective.
No silver bullet solution will resolve China’s environmental challenges, but last year’s bilateral agreement with the United States is a step in the right direction.
Low oil prices will likely have little effect on investment in renewables technology, and gradually reducing government subsidies will encourage competition and efficiency in the sector.
Low oil prices have reduced the material incentives for developing renewable energy technologies, but political interests and public opinion also impact this strategic economic sector.