Trump and China: on a collision course?

The new US president has threatened to boost coal, cut emissions regulations and introduce tariffs on Chinese goods. His counterpart in Beijing, meanwhile, has stressed the need to do exactly the opposite
By Peter Stewart 24 January 2017
The new US president has threatened to boost coal, cut emissions regulations and introduce tariffs on Chinese goods. His counterpart in Beijing, meanwhile, has stressed the need to do exactly the opposite. (PA)

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...

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