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China and the United States have a lot in common. China’s rapid economic development and America’s industry have turned the two nations into world’s largest energy users, as well as the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide. So it’s fitting that experts from these two countries share ideas on how to grow their economies in ways that also protect the environment.

That’s exactly what happened this week when WRI hosted a high-level Chinese delegation in Washington, D.C. The event was part of a larger study tour organized by MIT, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China. More than 20 representatives from Chinese research institutions and central and local government gathered to learn about low-carbon development strategies and policies, with WRI serving as one of the tour’s first stops.

“I spent a great deal of time in China, and I believe very strongly that we have as much or more to learn from you as you have to learn from us,” said WRI’s president, Andrew Steer, to the Chinese delegation.

Paul J. Allen

Senior Advisor, U.S. Climate Initiative

Paul J. Allen is a Senior Fellow in the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy Program. Prior to joining WRI in 2012, Mr.

Aman Srivastava

Associate, Sustainable Finance

Aman is an Associate working on climate finance within WRI’s Sustainable Finance Center. His research focuses on the effectiveness of public finance in mobilizing private investments into low-...

David Wheeler

Senior Fellow

After completing his PhD in economics at MIT in 1974, David taught for two years at the National University of Zaire in Kinshasa.

Milap Patel

Research Analyst, Finance Center

Milap is a Research Analyst at WRI’s Finance Center. He conducts research and analysis on trends in international climate financing, particularly with regards to progress made by public...


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