President Obama is entertaining his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao this week, and while the agenda is jam-packed with thorny issues like trade and human rights, clean energy represents a potential area of cooperation for the two nations. This is an opportunity to build upon the progress made at last month's Cancun climate summit, where compromise was the order of the day.
"Our cooperation at the U.N. climate conference in Mexico was critical to the conclusion of the Cancun Agreements," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said of China last week. "Now we must build on that progress by implementing the agreements on transparency, funding and clean-energy technology."
The presidential visit provides a rare chance to actualize that statement, one that's especially important since Obama's more assertive diplomatic tactics won't likely be so well-received.
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