Clinton to China: Don't Be Like Us on Environment

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2009 11:35 AM CST
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with US businessmen during a visit to the Taiyanggong Geothermal Power Plant in Beijing.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton emphasized the environment today in China as she wrapped up a weeklong visit to Asia, the New York Times reports. “When we were industrializing and growing, we didn’t know any better,” Clinton said, praising recent advances in green energy and asking for more. “We hope you won’t make the same mistakes we made.” Some analysts think energy policy is the prime issue to unite the interests of the two countries.

“If you look at US-China relations, there are a lot of issues that can go either way,” a scholar said. “What’s missing is an issue in which the two countries can lean into a problem together.” But China is still resistant to emissions caps that the Obama administration wants, and the fragile economic situation between the two countries could interfere with other initiatives. Clinton was sure to thank officials for their “continuing confidence” in the US economy.