China is now the world's 2nd biggest economy, having overtaken Japan. It is also the word's largest emitter of greenhouse gases which contributes to climate change. It consumes nearly half of all the coal produced globally, as well as nearly half of all the world's annual production of aluminum, copper, nickel and zinc. Last year, China used twice as much steel as Europe, US, and Japan combined. China is beyond doubt a major global power and it is beginning to behave like one. China appears increasingly less content solely focusing on its internal affairs while leaving the rest of the world to look after itself. Whether it is how to revive global economy, how best to control the emissions of carbon gases, or how to resolve regional tensions, what China thinks matters. So what does China think? What does China want to achieve with its growing global influence and what does the world expect from it. Speaker: Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, China. Prior to joining Carnegie, he served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former President George W. Bush and President Barack H. Obama. From June 2007 to January 2009, Haenle also played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the Six-Party Talks nuclear negotiations and, from May 2004 to June 2007, served as the executive assistant to the U.S. national security adviser.
Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle has been assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, China, served as a U.S. Army company commander during a two-year tour to the Republic of Korea, and also worked in the Pentagon as an adviser on China, Taiwan, and Mongolia affairs on the staff of the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Early assignments in the U.S. Army included postings in Germany, Desert Storm 1991, Korea, and Kuwait. He retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in October 2009.