Deng Xianlai, Zheng Kaijun
(Xinhua) Dealing with the effects of climate change is an uphill battle that involves all nations, big and small, rich and poor.
During his upcoming state visit to the United States in late September, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. host Barack Obama are likely to exhibit even stronger aspiration and resolution to help our planet, together with other countries, win the make-or-break battle.
"There is increasing cooperation between the two countries on climate issues," said Nathaniel Ahrens, director of China Affairs at the University of Maryland, calling it a "positive factor" of Xi's upcoming visit.
Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai also regarded tackling climate change as "a priority" for the two countries at the current stage.
China, the world's biggest developing country, needs to deal with domestic air pollution, while the United States, as the biggest developed country, suffers frequently from extreme weather conditions like droughts and hurricanes.
As it is feared that the combination of extreme weather events could possibly rise four-fold over the next century if greenhouse gas emissions continue climbing at their present rate, it is beyond all doubt that creating a favorable environment for generations to come has become the shared aspiration of China and the United States, the world's top two emitters of greenhouse gases.
Combating climate change is also about building a community of common destiny, as all efforts on climate change go beyond national boundaries.
Prior to a United Nations (UN) climate conference scheduled later this year in Paris, France, China and the United States have agreed to jointly mitigate what they labeled "one of the greatest threats facing humanity."
The latest meeting between Xi and Obama, which was on the sidelines of the 2014 APEC Summit in Beijing, resulted in, among others, a joint statement on climate change, in which the two countries announced their respective post-2020 goals of coping with climate change.
On this front, Liu argued that close cooperation between Chinese and U.S. researchers is crucial, so as to "value the detailed technology and carbon emission status" and, consequently, to transfer technology and funds from the developed countries to the developing ones in support of their mitigation efforts.
For instance, Chinese companies can meet the U.S. demand for solar panels and wind turbines, while U.S. products and expertise may satisfy China's need for building more nuclear power plants, applying more clean-coal technology and increasing the exploration and consumption of natural gas.