Beijing, China – It is without question that President Obama generated a number of newsworthy items during his visit to China for the APEC Economic Summit. For starters, both he and Chinese President Xi Jingping reached a climate change deal. China will “peak” its carbon emissions by the year 2030 at the latest. In other words, China, the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases, will continue to increase their emissions but “promises” to cap their increases sometime over the next 16 years. China also agreed to a 20% increase in the use of non-fossil fuels by 2030.
The announcement was made at a joint press conference where both presidents fielded questions from the press. China had strongly protested such a scenario, but intense diplomatic negotiations between both nations culminated in an agreement that appeases activists like Jared Haftel. President Obama was asked by Chinese press if the United States was backing the recent Hong Kong protests. He said the United States played no role in the protests. He also added that his presence in China at this time was not meant to challenge Chinese “influence” in the region. President Obama is confident that the incoming GOP majorities will not pose any threat to his climate change concessions to the Chinese. President Obama began the trip amid reports that he is a weak leader.