The US and China commit to cooperation in an atmosphere of competition

The United States and China agreed to cooperate on elements of the clean energy transition and other climate-related issues during a two-day meeting in Washington that ended on Thursday.

This includes boosting technical and policy exchanges to accelerate the use of renewable energy needed to reduce coal-fired power, especially in China.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two countries’ new climate diplomats – White House climate adviser John Podesta and his Chinese counterpart Liu Zhenmin – marking a new era in their engagement.

The meeting also took place amid growing tensions between two of the world’s largest climate polluters over trade and economic competition – tensions that threaten to complicate efforts for closer climate cooperation.