Mr Premier, are you ready?

climate: maybe it doesn't matter after all

climate: maybe it doesn't matter after all

U.S. president Barack Obama ran into a Chinese Wall of resistance and and delaying tactics, writes Austria’s online service OE24. The president had to get into China’s chief state councillor’s conference room after Wen Jiabao was reportedly overdue for a meeting, calling (in an ice-cold voice): “Mr. Premier, are you ready to see me? Are you ready?”

Plus “It’s up to you”, according to OE24. According to Germany’s biggest tabloid Bild he sort of joined Wen and India’s, South Africa’s and Brazil’s heads of government or state after Wen had stood him up at an appointment earlier, and only sent a lower-ranking official to talk with the American president.

Many Chinese observers may like the show – if this is really how it went. But Obama apparently returned to Washington pretty much at ease: He had shown good will, without committing himself. And the electorate at home is much more interested in health reform and the economy, than in global warming, writes Der Spiegel. Many Americans don’t believe in a link between global warming and carbon-dioxide emissions anyway.

Pretty much the same as in China, probably.

6 Responses to “Mr Premier, are you ready?”

  1. Maybe large countries with a large population don’t care about global warming. Rising sea levels, blizzards, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, and even earthquakes are affordable for them. Because they will have remaining lands and people to survive. If all the Humans are to die, theirs will be among the last.

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  2. All I’ll say today before going to sleep is that global warming might save me the trouble of shovelling snow in the future – that’s what I’m just back from, and it’s what I’ll probably be back to very early tomorrow.

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  3. Gotta hand it to Obama for crashing that meeting. I believe he was genuine in his attempts to achieve something more concrete from Copenhagen – and with more to offer if the Chinese had been open to dialogue.

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  4. I believe the U.S. administration is quite constructive, but under the constraints of the Senate. Obama will have to succeed at home, before he can succeed abroad. Seems to me he’s got substantially ahead with his domestic agenda yesterday. Climate and Mideastern matters might have to wait for another four years; given the international jams on both, America can take its time, too.
    Probably, neither the CCP nor the Obama administration will lose points at home, re Copenhagen. Wen will look like a rightful winner to most of the Chinese audience, and much of the American public will give a sigh of relief that Washington didn’t need to commit to something substantial.
    That said, some conservative commenters in America probably see eye to eye with the CCP, concerning the diplomatic points scored in Copenhagen.

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