Clinton Focuses on Climate in China

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put the emphasis on the environment and climate in her talks with China today, inviting China to join the U.S. in an “ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gases, as she toured an energy-efficient power plant in Beijing.”

Clinton told the Chinese government, “we hope you won’t make the same mistakes we made.”

“When we were industrializing and growing, we didn’t know any better; neither did Europe,” Mrs. Clinton said. “Now we’re smart enough to figure out how to have the right kind of growth.”

The Obama Administration is looking to make climate change the center of a wider and “more vigorous engagement with China.”

The WaPo reports that China and the U.S. agreed today to “begin high-level consultations on combating the global economic crisis and climate change, with China’s poor human-rights record relegated as a lesser priority.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held extensive talks with a panoply of Chinese officials, including President Hu Jintao[…]

Clinton also addressed the economy, saying, “We have every reason to believe that the United States and China will recover and that together we will help to lead the world recovery.”

DipNote has more on Hillary’s visit to China. Throughout her visit to Asia, Clinton has been reshaping diplomacy by “tossing the script.” Before leaving China on Sunday, Clinton plans to attend church, which will make a quiet statement on religious freedom in the country.

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