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Main Title China in the International Politics of Climate Change : a foreign policy analysis /
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Bj rkum, Ida.
Publisher Fridtjof Nansen Institute,
Year Published 2005
OCLC Number 63210972
ISBN 8276134815
ISSN 0801-2431
Subjects Climatic changes--China ; Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric ; Environmental policy--China
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EJBM  QC981.8.C5C45 2005 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 02/01/2006
Collation 82 p. ; 28 cm.
China is expected to produce the worlds largest emissions of greenhouse gases within a few decades. China holds a position in the international climate change negotiations as one of the leading actors in the developing countries, and can be characterized as a key actor in... the global efforts to combat climate change. This report looks into the developments in its political response to the threat of climate change from the late 1980s when the problem emerged on the international political agenda, until 2004. Three theoretically based explanatory models are employed to identify the factors that have influenced Chinese foreign policy-making on climate change in the past, and how these factors are likely to influence Chinas future climate change policy. The three models emphasize respectively: national interests in terms of costs and benefits; domestic political bargaining; and learning through diffusion of knowledge and norms. ... economic interests and the primacy of economic growth seem to be most prominent in guiding the direction of Chinas climate change policy. Both when the state is assumed to act as a unitary actor, and when the political bargaining between different sub-national interests are considered, economic development appears to be more important than any other factors. As in most developing countries, short term costs tend to carry more weight in decision-making than uncertain future costs, even if the latter are potentially larger. The predictive part of the analysis outlines two different scenarios for Chinas future climate policy. Given the expected increase in energy demand and the limited capacity to substitute coal with other sources of energy, it is not likely that China will accept binding emission reduction targets in the near future. Increasing recognition and priority of local pollution problems and ambitious energy efficiency goals provide promising avenues for a further decrease in carbon intensity. Its involvement in CDM projects can also provide much-needed technology and attract foreign investments in emission reduction activities