Power Play

Sino-US race - to protect the climate

How the competitive instincts of the two great rivals could help rein in carbon emissions

The US and China can compete constructively. PHOTO: AFP
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Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

In 2014, then US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a surprise deal to curb their countries' greenhouse gas emissions, with China committing for the first time to cap its emissions and the United States agreeing to new reductions of its own.

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