China and the Environment: Challenges at Home and Agendas Abroad

FPRI Panel Discussion
| FPRI Library, 1528 Walnut Street, Ste. 610, Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Terry Cooke, Founder and Executive Director, China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, and Senior Fellow, FPRI; author of Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy.

Scott Moore, Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania, and Young Professional, World Bank Group; author, High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy.

Denise van der Kamp, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania and (from 2018) Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong; author of the forthcoming Clean Air at What Cost (book project).

Moderator: Jacques deLisle, Director, FPRI Asia Program, Professor of Law and Political Science and Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania.

China’s environmental challenges at home are daunting, exemplified by the dramatic images of air pollution “red alerts” in Beijing and other major cities.  At the same time, the breakthrough between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made possible the landmark Paris Accords on climate change. What are China’s most serious and daunting environmental problems?  Does public concern and discontent about pollution threaten political stability and Chinese Communist Party rule? What legal, policy, and bureaucratic measures is China using to address environmental issues?  What are the international implications of China’s industrial policies that pursue leadership in green energy sectors, its official rhetoric that emphasizes ecological themes and commitments to addressing climate change, and its Belt and Road initiative that may portend significantly greater influence—and potentially environmental impact—abroad during an era of U.S. retrenchment from engagement on climate change and international engagement? FPRI brings together a group of leading practitioners, policy experts, and scholars to address these issues.