The Landmark Agreement on Climate Change
Over the past few years, there has been some tension between the U.S and China. President Obama has made an effort to heal the relationship between these two countries. On November 11 a meeting was held by Obama and the president of China, Xi Jinping, that negotiated a new global climate agreement and reduce emission of carbon and other harmful materials, being as it may that China and the U.S are the two most polluted countries in the world. China has promised to use cleaner energy sources such as solar power or windmills to account for 20 percent of their total energy production by the year 2030, while the U.S pledges to emit at least 26 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. Based on the fact that these two nations have now regained each other's trust, they will keep up to their promises and reach their goals. After all, as quoted by Xi Jinping, "When the U.S and China are able to work effectively, the whole world benefits."
Citations: Mark Lander "U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks." New York Times. <http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/china-us-xi-obama-apec.html?_r=0>. 11 November 2014.
Obama and Xi Jinping greeting young spectators before the meeting.
INTERVIEW WITH XI JINPING
Note that this interview is not real and should not be taken seriously.
Max: What are your thoughts on the pollution and smog rates in China vurses the U.S?
Mr. Xi: I'm not one to play the blame game. All I'm going to say is that it's a major problem in both of our countries and we need to work together to solve it.
Max: Would you say that the meeting with president Obama was a positive experience?
Mr. Xi: Undoubtedly. It definitely had a positive effect between me and Mr. Obama.
Max: Are you motivated to keep up your promise to president Obama?
Mr. Xi: I know that I will keep up my part of the deal. Hopefully, Mr. Obama can keep up his part.
Max: Will any other decisions be made between China and the U.S?
Mr. Xi: Not right now. Possibly in the near future but there are much more oppressing matters to attend to.
Obama and Xi Jinping shaking hands at their meeting.
A graph of carbon monoxide emissions in China, Europe, and The U.S. As you can see, the U.S and China surpass Europe by a large margin.