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 have reduced the material incentives for developing renewable energy technologies, but political interests and public opinion also impact this strategic economic sector.
Lower oil prices will affect China’s relations with countries such as Iran and Russia, while also hindering China’s renewable energy development by encouraging consumption of low-cost fossil fuels.
The Middle East is vital to China’s present and future energy interests, but the region’s thorny geopolitics make Chinese state-owned firms hesitant to make large investments there.
Dropping commodity prices will benefit China and create challenges for Latin American countries, yet this trend also opens the possibility of a more sustainable economic relationship.
As many economies across Asia are slowing, it is an opportune time to think strategically about physical resource limitations, associated environmental concerns, and evolving geopolitical realities.
Surging supply and faltering demand are the leading reason for the drop in oil prices, despite speculation in China about political machinations by Washington.
China and the United States could join forces for a more sustainable oil policy in Venezuela.