China's Environmental Challenge: Missing an Opportunity to Engage?
Charles Parton, Counsellor, Political Section, Beijing Delegation, European External Action Service
Chair: Rod Wye, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The speaker will argue that foreign commentators and governments are failing to note how the environment has come to the top of the Chinese Communist Party’s political agenda. The party now ranks environmental challenges second only to unemployment. Whereas China’s leaders have long described its social and economic model as ‘unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable’, international analysis too often focuses on debt, economic bubbles and geopolitics. However, by ignoring the economic and political threats arising from environmental pollution, European countries may well be missing an opportunity for broadening their engagement with China.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.