From: John King/CNN White House Correspondent
Subject: Progress On Energy, Environment Issues Expected In U.S.-China Summit
Administration sources tell CNN they expect progress on several energy and environmental issues to emerge from the U.S.-China summit.
Among them: an agreement for the United States to assist China in improving its "clean coal technology" at its growing number of coal-fired power plans, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. This will be part of a broader dialogue aimed at helping China improve urban air quality, the officials said.
Also, the two sides will discuss joint government and U.S. business opportunities for bringing electricity to the estimated 80 million rural Chinese who have no access to electric power. These discussions include small-scale hydroelectric projects as well as solar and wind generators, the officials said. And discussions of how China can shift to cleaner sources of energy also are part of expanding environmental and energy-related talks that began earlier this year when Vice President Al Gore visited China, the officials said.
One White House official noted that respiratory illness attributed to air pollution is the No. 1 cause of death in China.
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Tuesday Oct. 28, 1997
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