By Elizabeth Economy
June 12, 2017
When President Donald Trump yanked America’s support for the Paris Climate Accords, pundits were quick to hail China as the world’s new environmental leader. Two veteran journalists wrote that the decision was “the greatest strategic gift to the Chinese, who are eager to fill the void that Washington is leaving around the world.”
But is leadership on climate change really a strategic gift? Do the Chinese want it? And above all, do they merit it? The quick answer is no, no and no.