Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts China and the Environment: Challenges at Home and Agendas Abroad

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China and the Environment: Challenges at Home and Agendas Abroad

June 11, 2018 | 11:30 am to 12:45 pm | Asia Program

About the Event

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. Panelists include:

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.



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M. Terry Cooke

M. Terry Cooke - M. Terry Cooke is a Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He founded the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia in 2011.

Scott Moore

Scott Moore - Scott Moore is a political scientist who studies environmental issues, and the author of Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation, and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins.

Denise van der Kamp

Denise van der Kamp - Denise van der Kamp is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China.

Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania. ; Moderator