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Obama notes environmental reports
coauthored by U-M faculty, alumni

Two substantial reports co-authored by University faculty and alumni working with major public policy organizations may offer new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insight into shaping policy between the United States and China.

The first report, entitled "Common Challenge, Collaborative Response," is a joint project of the Asia Society and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. More than 50 of the world's leading scientists, China experts, and political and business leaders contributed to the report, including Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren.

The report provides a roadmap for the Obama administration, recommending immediate action to create a new, groundbreaking collaboration with China to address the urgent issue of climate change. It maintains that U.S.-China collaboration can help catalyze a new strategic transformation to a global, low-carbon economy that will be more sustainable while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our hope that the project would result in collaborative efforts by the United States and China to tackle energy and climate change issues seems to be coming to pass." says Jan Berris, an alumna of the Centers for Chinese and Japanese Studies and vice president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, one of the cooperating organizations that contributed to the report.

The second report "Overcoming Obstacles to U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change" was authored by Brookings Institution fellows Kenneth Lieberthal and David Sandalow. The report presents nine recommendations for building political support in both countries to fight climate change and cut emissions. Lieberthal is a professor of political science and professor of business administration, as well as a faculty associate of the Center for Chinese Studies housed in the International Institute. Sandalow is a graduate of the Law School.

"The contributions of our faculty and alumni to these reports demonstrate the depth and breadth of Michigan's expertise on China," said Mary Gallagher, director of the Center for Chinese Studies.

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