The relationship between the United States and China will face challenges in 2017 that could affect the pecking order of fuels in the global energy mix.
The leaders of the two countries are pursuing diametrically opposite paths. Whereas US President Donald Trump has bragged about reviving the fortunes of coal and other fossil fuels, China has taken on the mantle of global leadership in climate change policy and is working to cut coal consumption to reduce the health damage caused by urban smog. Whereas Trump has raised the threat of protectionism, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed the need for multilateralism.
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