Climate and trade entanglement obscures US-China relations: experts

President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry has been to China twice in the last six months, but has failed to get Beijing to cooperate on climate issues.

At the meeting on September 1, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Said Kelly, “US-China climate cooperation is inseparable from the wider environment of US-China relations.”

But later that month, Beijing suddenly ordered a series of power outages to “reduce carbon emissions.”

Taiwanese economist Wu Jialong believed that the real motive behind the power outage was politics, not the environment.

Mr Wu said his claim can be seen in two events. The first was September 9, when Biden called Xi Jinping, the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Most of the call was not open to the public, but it is known that Huawei’s release of Meng Wanzhou was discussed. Huawei’s founder’s daughter, Meng, was arrested in Canada on December 1, 2018, for possible violations of US sanctions against Iran.

Two weeks after the call, two things happened. Meng has been released. Beijing ordered a power outage.

Wu told the Epoch Times: It was in exchange for Meng’s liberation. Xi wanted to impress Biden, “See, you can keep your promise.” But it cannot solve the problems of climate and emissions. It is also impossible for Beijing to take advantage of power outages in exchange for tariff cuts. “

Pro-CCP think tank is cautiously optimistic

On October 25, China-based Chinese Communist Party think tank Intellicia released a report that Sino-US relations are moving in favor of the Chinese Communist Party.

In addition to increased communication between senior officials, the report listed two indicators: the liberation of Meng and the inconclusive investigation of the origin of the coronavirus.

Intellicia reports that the Chinese Communist Party considers the origin of the virus to be “the most politically sensitive topic,” but the findings surprisingly do not point to China as its origin, transparency and China. I was only looking for more data sharing from.

“Perhaps the Biden administration recognized Beijing’s hypersensitivity and a strong stance on the issue,” the report concluded.

Another event approved by a think tank told The Wall Street Journal that US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo was trying to improve business relations between the United States and China the same day Meng was released.

US Senator Tom Cotton comment “We are not only bidding for China Lobby, we are actively recruiting,” Lymond said.

CCP’s new climate pledge “Mission Impossible”

On October 28, China submitted its latest “National Contribution to the Fight against Climate Change (NDC)” to the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention prior to the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Glasgow.

At NDC, China has promised to increase its solar and wind capacity and become carbon-neutral by 2060. Wu and financial analyst Fancycon told The Epoch Times that it wasn’t that simple.

According to Wu, thermoelectric power accounts for 77% of China’s electricity generation and hydropower accounts for 17%.

“To reduce carbon emissions, we need to change our energy structure, which is expensive, but Beijing rather wants to spend money on international organizations and American politicians,” Wu said. Told.

“In addition, western China is a place where we can build more wind and solar power plants,” Huang explained. “And the eastern coast is where most of the electricity is consumed. So there are problems with electricity storage and long-distance transmission. Their power grid is another big issue.”

Both experts agreed that wind, solar and hydropower are highly weather dependent and unpredictable.

Mr Huang said it would be nearly impossible to reach China’s promised goals.

“The whole world is suspicious, as a significant number of coal mines have resumed due to increased electricity consumption,” Huang said. “It shows that what they have done so far is a complete failure. Who would believe what they said at NDC?”

Kelly song


Kelly Song is a US-based writer of The Epoch Times, which focuses on everything related to China.