Clinton Paints China Policy With a New Green Hue

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Mark Landler

02/22/2009 - Declaring that ''we hope you won't make the same mistakes we made,'' Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton invited China to join the United States in an ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gases, as she toured an energy-efficient power plant in Beijing on Saturday.

''When we were industrializing and growing, we didn't know any better; neither did Europe,'' Mrs. Clinton said. ''Now we're smart enough to figure out how to have the right kind of growth.''

The gas-fired power plant, which uses sophisticated turbines made by General Electric, is nearly twice as efficient as the coal-fired plants that supply much of China's electricity and that helped vault China past the United States as the world's leading emitter of carbon dioxide.

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Still, some China experts say they believe that climate change can give relations between the countries fresh energy. The White House has paid close attention to a report by the Asia Society and the Pew Center for Global Climate Change, which offers a road map for cooperation.

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