During the climate conference COP26 in Glasgow, leading European stakeholders often referred to climate policies as an area in which EU-China cooperation is indispensable. However, what this cooperation entails in practice remains elusive. One strand of related discussions focuses on the need for the EU to convince Beijing to pursue a more ambitious climate agenda. But if so, then is cooperation primarily about changing Beijing’s policies and behavior? Another interpretation is that cooperation should be aimed at establishing global, baseline standards and rules that would pave the way for fair competition on green transition. This would also include discussions on the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism criticized by Beijing. In this round of our EU-China Opinion Pool, we ask several experts from fellow institutions and MERICS to unpack what is really meant by EU-China climate cooperation and to answer the question: EU-China climate cooperation - what is its key objective and what is the best way to achieve it?
|Published - 2021