YCW LN: Climate superpower China? Assessing Chinese climate policy and diplomacy

Isabel Hilton (Visiting Professor at Lau China Institute, KCL and Founder of China Dialogue); Hongqiao Liu (Journalist and independent consultant); Anika Patel (China Analyst at Carbon Brief)

Date: Tuesday 16 January 2024
Arrival time: 6:00pm / Start time: 6:15pm
Venue: Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London Strand Campus, Strand, WC2R 2LS United Kingdom
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A historic deal to transition away from fossil fuels was reached at the international climate negotiations at COP28. Now it is on countries to implement this – and China has a crucial role to play. China is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, hosts more than half of the global coal capacity, while investing more into renewables than the rest of the world combined. At the same time, China has become increasingly active in its climate diplomacy efforts, be it within the UN context or through its South-South cooperation.

What role did China play at COP28 and how was that similar or different to previous COPs? How has Chinese climate policy and diplomacy evolved over the years? How do geopolitics intersect with Chinese climate diplomacy? What role do relations with the US, Europe, and the Global South play?

YCW invites you to an exciting panel with leading experts on Chinese climate policy and diplomacy to assess China’s role in tackling one of the biggest challenges of our times. Join us for a stimulating discussion, followed by the opportunity to network and mingle with fellow participants and speakers.


Isabel Hilton, Visiting Professor at Lau China Institute, KCL and Founder of China Dialogue
Hongqiao Liu, Journalist and independent consultant
Anika Patel, China Analyst at Carbon Brief
• Moderator: Belinda Schäpe, YCW London

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Isabel Hilton

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Isabel Hilton is a Visiting Professor at Lau China Institute, KCL and Founder of China Dialogue.

Isabel Hilton is an international journalist and broadcaster. She is the author of several books and is founder and senior advisor of chinadialogue.net, a non-profit, bilingual online publication on the environment and climate change. She studied at Beijing Foreign Language and Culture University and at Fudan University in Shanghai, before taking up a career in written and broadcast journalism working for The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and the BBC. Hilton holds two honorary doctorates and was awarded the OBE for her work in raising environmental awareness in China.

Hongqiao Liu

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Hongqiao Liu is an award-winning journalist and independent consultant who has been tracking China’s environmental crisis and decarbonization since 2010. Born and raised in China, Hongqiao started her journalism career at Southern Metropolis Daily and Caixin Media, where she published a series of award-winning investigations that have greatly contributed to the environmental movements for cleaner air, water, and soil.

Transitioning from journalism in 2014, she worked with dozens of influential international media, thinktank and civil society organisations to address the environmental, energy, and climate challenges arising from China’s emergence. Following China’s unprecedented climate pledge, she resumed journalism in 2021 and helped the renowned climate website Carbon Brief to launch a China desk.

A year later, she created the Shuang Tan newsletter, a prototype of Shuang Tan Lab – a policy intelligence start-up aimed at fostering informed decision-making about the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter. Hongqiao is a two-time TED speaker, a Raisina Young Fellow, and has been recognised by Vox as a “visionary change agent”. She is an alumna of Sciences Po Paris and her academic interests range from politics and public policy to social innovation. Based in Paris, she speaks Mandarin, English and French.

Anika Patel

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Anika Patel is the China analyst at Carbon Brief, an organisation covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. Prior to this, she worked for five years as a policy analyst looking at Chinese domestic and foreign policy, particularly as it related to trade and investment. Anika holds a master of laws in international relations from Peking University and a BA in Chinese from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.

Moderated by: Belinda Schäpe

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Belinda is a Director of YCW London.

Belinda Schäpe is a Director at Young China Watchers London. She is an expert on Chinese climate policy and EU-China diplomacy. Belinda previously worked as a policy advisor at the globally renowned climate change think tank E3G, re-establishing its China programme. She advised European policymakers on their climate diplomacy towards China, published numerous publications and opinion pieces, and was regularly quoted in international media outlets. Prior to joining E3G, Belinda worked as a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission on EU-China transport relations, supported China Dialogue on their EU-China research, and worked in EU-China business cooperation and investment promotion. Belinda holds two master’s degrees in International Affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University, and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies and Business Administration from Tübingen University.

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