As the world races against time to limit the human carbon footprint, governments are adopting a wide range of policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions. China is no exception: in a recent speech to the United Nations, President Xi Jinping pledged for China to be carbon neutral by 2060. As China puts these policies into practice, some analysts have questioned whether they are part of a larger agenda to expand state power. Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro join the Council to discuss this green authoritarianism and its implications for the environment and international politics.
Copies of Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro’s new book, China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet, are available for sale here from the Book Cellar.