Sorry, John Kerry, Cooperation Won’t Stop China’s Climate Assault

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry speaks while White House national climate advisor Gina McCarthy listens during a press briefing at the White House, January 27, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Call out Beijing’s environmental abuses instead.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he White House believes that it can deter Beijing from invading Taiwan, punish the Chinese Communist Party for its genocidal campaign against the Uyghurs and the Hong Kong crackdown, and react to other misbehavior, all while simultaneously seeking bilateral cooperation on climate change. And it believes, as top Biden administration officials fanned out to achieve this latter diplomatic feat, that it can do so without ceding ground on the other issues.

The problem is simple, as Miles Yu, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution described it to me in an interview last week. “The world is begging China to cooperate,”

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