Dr. Olivia Gippner interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald

It was little noticed amid all the focus on Greece this week, but Chinese and European Union leaders also sat down for a major summit. The two powerhouse economies afterwards issued a remarkable joint statement, calling for “an ambitious and legally binding agreement” when global leaders meet in Paris this year to thrash out a deal to tackle global warming.

“The joint declaration is actually something of a breakthrough,” says Olivia Gippner, a Dahrendorf Fellow at the London School of Economics who specialises in EU-China relations, particularly relating to climate change policies.

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