Sharon Seah

Senior Fellow and Coordinator, Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme and ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Sharon Seah is a senior fellow and the coordinator of the Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme at the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Wind turbines at the San Gorgonio Pass wind farm in Whitewater, California, U.S., 3 June 2021. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg)

US-China competition in climate cooperation a good thing for Southeast Asia

The US is back in the international climate cooperation game, but the influence it will have remains to be seen. Its passing of a new omnibus package which includes major energy provisions to address climate change provides hope that partisan divides are not insurmountable. On China’s part, its 14th Five-Year Plan demonstrates strong impetus to tackle climate change issues. As for ASEAN, the ASEAN-China Strategy on Environmental Cooperation papers has enabled cooperation with China to progress well, but cooperation with the US can be improved with an institutional framework to bring climate cooperation to a higher level.