A Republican and a Democrat talk clean tech in China – China’s latest political and current affairs news


A summary of the top news in Chinese politics and current affairs for June 8, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Millions and millions of avocados."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of the country's founding father, Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Following the dramatic announcement of a U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement by Donald Trump, and the ensuing near consensus in the media that China will benefit, several American officials have been visiting China to map out future cooperation in clean energy.

  • U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed to work with China on liquefied natural gas, nuclear energy, and carbon capture — but per his Republican Party custom, avoided any message of urgency on addressing climate change. Perry even expressed ambivalence about America’s role in climate issues relative to China, saying, “I hope China will step in and attempt to take the mantle [of climate leadership] away.” [ABC]
  • California governor Jerry Brown is in China this week and on June 8 announced a new institute for U.S.-China climate and clean technology cooperation based at Tsinghua University. Brown, after blasting Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as “insane,” has taken a number of steps to further scientific and policy research collaboration between the state he represents and bodies in China, ranging from innovation hubs in Sichuan and Jiangsu provinces to the Ministry of Science and Technology in Beijing. [Reuters]

ABC notes that the red carpet rolled out for Brown’s visit was of a much deeper hue than for Perry: President Xi Jinping himself sat down with the California governor earlier in the week, whereas Zhang Gaoli, the number seven politician in China’s Politburo, was assigned to meet with Perry.