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Taking stock: China’s climate action en route to COP27
At the UN General Assembly in 2020, China’s President Xi Jinping announced China’s “dual carbon” goals – that China would peak its emissions before 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Since then, these targets have been formalized as part of China’s commitments under the Paris Agreement, and China’s central and local governments have issued a steady torrent of policies to implement them.

Yet climate policy is but one of several top priorities for the Chinese government, which is currently grappling with slumping economic growth while attempting to maintain its zero-Covid policy. On top of this, China has been confronting energy security challenges and increasing extreme weather events, including heat waves, droughts, floods and wildfires. China also recently suspended its ongoing climate talks with the United States, leading to a stall in direct bilateral engagement between the world’s two largest emitters.

This virtual event intends to take stock of where China is up to in its overall climate action in the lead-up to COP27, which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt in November 2022. The opening fireside chat will feature ASPI President Hon. Kevin Rudd and former U.S. climate diplomat Jonathan Pershing discussing current and future prospects for U.S. and international climate cooperation with China. An expert panel will then explore progress and challenges for China’s climate action across a number of relevant areas, including for China’s domestic policies, overseas investments, and climate diplomacy.

The event will also coincide with the launch of an ASPI issue paper outlining China’s tapestry of climate policies since the 14th five-year plan was adopted in March 2021 and how shifting geopolitical, economic and other factors are affecting their implementation.

Sep 27, 2022 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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