Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Chinese president Xi Jinping speaks via a video link during the annual gathering in New York City for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 2021. Xi pledged that China would stop funding for overseas coal plants, the last major power to do so. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images HONG KONG – The planet is heating up — and so are global geopolitics. With less than two months until the crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the United States and China must commit to cooperate on the existential challenge global warming represents. But bilateral relations remain burdened by mistrust, antagonism, and even warmongering. Technically, the U.S. and China are both willing to cooperate on climate change. But China wants to do so only in a broader context of constructive engagement. The U.S., by contrast, wants “climate cooperation à la carte,” so that it can maintain a policy of containment and competition in virtually every other arena. This mentality was on display last week, with the announcement of the so-called AUKUS security alliance. The U.S. and the United Kingdom have now agreed to share advanced — and highly sensitive — technology with Australia, and to supply it with nuclear-powered submarines. The goal of the aSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.