Obama Heading to China Seeking Breakthrough on Climate
By William Mauldin Nov. 7, 2014 7:34 a.m. ET
Despite Commitment, Both Face Entrenched Domestic Political Opposition to Curbing Fossil Fuels
China Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center left, greets delegates as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks around at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Beijing Friday. Leaders and senior administration from 21 countries are convening in Beijing until Nov. 11. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will also attend. GETTY IMAGES
President Barack Obama has a message for Chinese President Xi Jinping when the two meet next week: Cutting carbon dioxide emissions won’t be as painful if we do it together.
U.S. and Chinese officials have been discussing climate issues behind the scenes as new international negotiations to reduce greenhouse gases get under way. A meeting in China between Mr. Xi and Mr. Obama will allow the two countries to get a feel for both sides’ commitments to talks set to culminate next year in Paris, U.S. officials and energy experts say.