SOAS University of London

Can China Really Lead on Climate Change?

Can China Really Lead on Climate Change?

Dr. Sam Geall

Date: 7 February 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 7 February 2019Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Talk

President Trump, who once called climate change a Chinese hoax, has committed to withdrawing the United States from the UN Paris Agreement on climate change. Meanwhile, President Xi Jinping has doubled down on his support for the UN climate accord and the low-carbon energy transition of his country. Xi also claims China can burnish its green credentials through its overseas investments, with the Belt and Road Initiative.  With the United States in retreat and Europe divided, will China really take the lead?

Dr Sam Geall is Executive Editor of, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Associate Faculty at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex. Sam was formerly Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography of China at the University of Oxford. He has a PhD in Social Anthropology from University of Manchester, a BA in Modern Chinese Studies from University of Leeds and was a Kennedy scholar at Harvard University. His research focuses on low-carbon innovation, environmental governance, media and civil society in China. He edited China and the Environment: The Green Revolution (Zed Books, 2013). 

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