China’s International Climate Ambition Ahead of COP28VIEW EVENT DETAILS
As the adverse impacts of climate change continue to grow, international climate diplomacy must chart a cooperative path forward. The Conference of Parties (COP), an annual convening that helps to identify and inform the global climate agenda, will be held in Dubai from November 30-December 12, bringing together heads of state and climate negotiators to discuss climate commitments and ambitions.
China — the second largest global economy, a self-identified leader of the developing world, and a major CO2 emitter — has reprioritized its climate ambition amid a host of pressing domestic economic and security concerns. A new paper by incoming Director of ASPI’s China Climate Hub, Li Shuo, What Does China Want from COP28?, explores China’s ambition in the context of its political economy and the current geopolitical landscape.
As the U.S. and China increasingly find each other taking opposite sides on major international developments, can climate issues be insulated from aspects of geostrategic competition? What does China want from COP28 and how can the international community best work with China to advance the climate agenda at COP and in the years ahead?
Join the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) for a wide-ranging, in-person conversation between Li Shuo and Joanna Lewis, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Energy and Environment & Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Following the APEC Summit, and noting China’s increasing influence in international leadership, Li Shuo will unpack China’s role in international climate diplomacy.
Join us after the program for a reception at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Li Shuo is the Incoming Director of China Climate Hub at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI). His work focuses on analyzing China’s environmental and energy policies and supporting the international community’s engagement with China’s climate agenda. Prior to ASPI, Li Shuo has more than a decade of experience in United Nations environmental negotiations, including on climate change, biodiversity, ocean, plastic pollution, and ozone.
Joanna Lewis is Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Energy and Environment and Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program (STIA) at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She has over two decades of experience working on international climate and clean energy policy with a focus on China. At Georgetown she runs the Clean Energy and Climate Research Group and leads several dialogues facilitating U.S.-China climate change engagement. Lewis is also a faculty affiliate at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her new book, Cooperating for the Climate: Learning from International Partnerships in China’s Clean Energy Sector was recently released by MIT Press. She is also the author of the award-winning book Green Innovation in China, and was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. Lewis has worked for a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations including the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Asia Society and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the East-West Center. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Center for Security and Emerging Technologies, among others. Lewis holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.