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U.S. and EU Search for a China Climate Doctrine That Works

Kelly Sims Gallagher speaks with POLITICO EU about how the U.S. can get China to shift its peak emissions from 2030 to 2025.

“Together, we can move mountains,” EU Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans said while standing alongside U.S. climate envoy John Kerry. If only they could move China.

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For the U.S., dragging climate into its trade confrontation with China is both a risk and a break with past policy, said Kelly Sims Gallagher, a former U.S. diplomat who oversaw China climate policy in the Obama administration. “My own point of view is, you need to have a protective lane on climate change, because there's too much urgency.”

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