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Biden Wants to Be the Climate President. He’ll Need Some Help From Xi Jinping.

The U.S.-China relationship is at its lowest point in a half century, but there are also converging interests on global warming.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, who helped organize two major meetings on climate change between former President Barack Obama and Mr. Xi, predicted that collaboration would be difficult but not impossible. She said climate change offered Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi a real opening to work together.

Both aspire to take their countries to a net-zero emissions economy by roughly midcentury, noted Dr. Gallagher, now a professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and both are eager to influence international climate diplomacy. Their converging interests, she and other analysts said, could spur healthy competition over clean energy technology and, in turn, drive down prices of renewable power for the rest of the world.

“I think it is a genuinely possible area of cooperation,” Dr.…

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