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Trump’s Climate Stance Threatens Relations With China

  • Climate and clean energy loom large in U.S.-China relations
  • Enviromental issues have long been diplomatic ice breakers
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Trump's Mysterious Feelings on Global Warming


President Donald Trump’s vow to pull back from climate-change efforts endangers one of the few areas where China and the U.S. have seen eye-to-eye, exacerbating tensions as he takes on more contentious subjects.

“There is a long history of countries that struggle to get along, using the subject of the environment to continue talking and build good will,” said David Victor, co-chair of the Brookings Institution’s foreign policy, energy security and climate initiative. “This is the equivalent of fathers and sons talking about sports.”