Can China and the U.S. Overcome Their Distrust on Climate Action?
As the US waits to learn if President Xi Jinping will attend a virtual White House climate summit later this month, analysts warn the two countries still have a deep and mutual distrust to overcome about each other’s commitment to saving the environment.
Kelly Sims Gallagher, academic dean and director of the climate policy lab at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, said the two countries needed to maintain an open dialogue. “They need to have clear and complete understandings of each other so that mistrust does not accumulate,” she said. “I do not think that cooperation is necessary at this juncture, but coordination and dialogue are essential.”