2016-09-03. Rare Harmony as China and U.S. Commit to Climate Deal.

posted Sep 5, 2016, 11:23 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 11:27 PM ]
By Mark Landler and Jane Perlez, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt: HANGZHOU, China — President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China formally committed the world’s two largest economies to the Paris climate agreement here on Saturday, cementing their partnership on climate change and offering a rare display of harmony in a relationship that has become increasingly discordant. ...Jeffrey A. Bader, who helped formulate Mr. Obama’s Asia strategy as his chief China adviser in the first term...expressed concern that the South China Sea would be a chronic source of friction. The situation hasn’t stabilized,” Mr. Bader said. “Achieving that is beyond the capacity of the U.S. alone.” China has extended its military reach there by building artificial islands with airfields, facilities that American commanders have said they regard as military bases. ...Chinese military officials warn that they will continue with their building program in the waterway. “China will never stop our construction,” the head of China’s navy, Adm. Wu Shengli, said in July....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/world/asia/obama-xi-jinping-china-climate-accord.html