On October 11 and October 12, Brookings and IESR at Jinan University hosted a seminar on the production and health impacts of environmental externalities and policies. Academics from China and abroad presented papers on environmental protection, emissions standards, air pollution, its health impacts, and more. Following the presentations, formal discussants offered their perspectives on the papers.
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With the downward trajectory in [U.S.-China] relations, the incoming ambassador ideally will need to have a visible connection to the president and his senior advisers, familiarity with the range of issues that comprise the relationship, and a future in American politics. The more the ambassador is seen as likely to wield influence in the future on issues affecting China, the higher the cost and risk for Beijing to mistreat him/her.