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Inside the Ring: Hot air in Beijing on Climate Change


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Senior Obama administration officials this week trumpeted bilateral climate change talks with the Chinese in Beijing — one of the world’s most polluted cities.


However, one little-noticed initiative is creating security concerns that China may gain access to strategic data on U.S. electrical grids that could be used in a future cyberattack against the U.S. infrastructure.


As with previous meetings of the latest U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, both U.S. and Chinese officials offered vague statements on the climate change talks this week.


Todd Stern, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, told reporters that “good meetings” were held along with lots of “active cooperation” with China on the subject.


Said Mr. Stern: “The joint session that was held today on climate change, I think, was, overall, quite positive.” In diplomatic-speak, that is the rough equivalent of “we talked a lot but agreed on little.”


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Kerry Cites Climate Change Cooperation As Highlight of His Talks With China


(CNSNews.com) – Asked late Thursday to highlight one thing that stood out during two days of high-level security and economic dialogue with China, Secretary of State John Kerry pointed to cooperation on major issues of global concern, and used climate change – “one of the defining threats of our time” – as an example.


“If there is one thing that you would like to highlight for this year’s dialogue, what is it?” a reporter asked Kerry after he and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrapped up the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing.


Kerry in reply said “the level of cooperation overall on major issues of global concern” had been significant, noting a capacity to manage areas of disagreement while still focusing attention on those issues.

“But bearing down on that, let me just pick climate change as an example,” he continued.Scissors-32x32.png


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