Elizabeth Economy is the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published widely on both Chinese domestic and foreign policy and her most recent book is By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World, co-authored with Michael Levi. She is also author of the award-winning book The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future and a frequent guest on nationally broadcast television and radio programs. Economy has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and regularly consults for U.S. government agencies and companies. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States and served as a member and then vice chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China from 2008 to 2014.
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Is leadership on climate change really a strategic gift? Do the Chinese want it? And above all, do they merit it? The quick answer is no, no and no.
China may well emerge as the savior of globalization at some point in the future when its deeds better match its words, but global leadership has to be earned on merit, not simply granted in desperation and hope.