Study Group on China and the Environment

Staff: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
April 1, 2001 - December 1, 2001

The importance of China’s environmental practices both for its domestic stability and the resolution of global environmental problems is growing. This study group will address three core questions that U.S. policy makers should consider. First, how are the environmental challenges in China leading to the establishment of new political institutions, actors, and alliances that may challenge the political system? Second, with which Chinese actors should the United States engage in dialogue and cooperative ventures? Finally, what do these domestic political changes suggest for China’s interest and capacity in responding to the U.S. environmental priorities, such as global climate change? Elizabeth Economy will produce a book to assess environmental trends within the broader context of China’s political and economic reforms and its expanding linkages to the outside world. The analysis will also serve as the basis for a set of policy recommendations for U.S. officials as they negotiate Sino-American relations.

Publications

Meetings

National Program Meeting

China in the Balance: Reforms, Resources, and Revolution (Los Angeles)

December 4, 2001

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National Program Meeting

China in the Balance: Reforms, Resources, and Revolution (San Francisco)

Panelist:

William K. Reilly, President and CEO, Aqua International Partners

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy
December 3, 2001

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Study Group Meeting

Study Group on China and the Environment - Session IV

Commentator:

Douglas P. Murray, Linghan Foundation

Panelist:

J. Stapleton Roy, Kissinger Associates

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy
November 27, 2001

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Session III: Environmental Activism and Political Change

Panelist:

J. Stapleton Roy, Kissinger Associates, Inc., and former U.S. Ambassador to China, (1991-95)

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy
September 5, 2001

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Study Group Meeting

Session II: China's Environmental Past and Present

Presider:

J. Stapleton Roy, Kissinger Associates, Inc.; former U.S. Ambassador to China (1991-1995)

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy
June 20, 2001

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Study Group Meeting

Environmental Problems and Politics: Issues, Actors, and Options

Introductory Speaker:

J. Stapleton Roy, Kissinger Associates

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy, Senior Fellow, China Studies, and Deputy Director, Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 25, 2001

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