IF THERE WAS EVER a good spot to show bureaucrats from Washington and Beijing the value of preserving the environment, Gig Harbor, Wash., would be it. It’s fitting then that the town, a small community nestled among pine trees with gorgeous vistas of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier, will host high-level talks this Sunday about the future of the nations’ energy and economic policies.
The talks are part of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, which held its inaugural meeting in December 2006. On the agenda this weekend are discussions about China’s investments in Sudan, and how both nations — which combined consume one-third of the world’s oil — can reduce their carbon footprint. Officials will also meet with local business groups in Seattle and Spokane, and Washington state senator Maria Cantwell appears hopeful that Northwest innovators will offer some energy solutions.
According to the Seattle Times, the president of the Washington State China Relations Council has said that Seattle could become “the Davos of U.S.-China relations.” I love my hometown, but I sincerely doubt that — the Seattle Visitor’s Bureau web site doesn’t even offer a Chinese translation. (Hat Tip: Eric Lucas)
Whether anything significant will come from these meetings remains to be seen; China has long said “you first” to the U.S. in dialogues about economic restrictions and green policy, and understandably so. We can only hope the scenery will influence both nations to make some headway.
Photo: perfect sunset, by agenthandy. gig harbor.