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China's Changing Climate

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[...] of the rationale behind the energy efficiency and clean energy policies, China has indeed adopted a serious climate change agenda. Because Beijing is acutely aware of the pressure it will face to agree to emissions reduction in Copenhagen, these policies are being touted by officials as proof of a substantial commitment to combating climate change.

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									THEWORLDTODAY.ORG MAY 2009
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         CHINA AND CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS
         Linda Jakobson, SENIOR RESEARCHER, STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL PEACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SIPRI). FOR TEN YEARS SHE WORKED FOR THE FIN




                 China’s Chan              The Chinese government is pursuing a
                                              delicate balancing act ahead of the
                                        Copenhagen summit in December when the
                                          post-Kyoto climate change agreement is
                                          scheduled to be sealed. On the one hand,
                                        Chinese leaders are adamant that combating
                                          climate change must not deter economic
                                         development, while on the other, they want
                                               to bring to the post-2012 climate
                                        negotiations sufficient evidence to prove that
                                             China is indeed intent on curbing its
                                                   greenhouse gas emissions.
                          | INDEPENDENT THINKING ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
                                                                                                THEWORLDTODAY.ORG MAY 2009
                                                                                                                                               PAGE 5

NISH INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND THIS ARTICLE DRAWS FROM THE REPORT SHE WROTE THERE FOR THE FINNISH ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY.




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         c                 HINA FACES TOUGH CHALLENGES AT THE POST-
                           2012 climate negotiations. Though the
                           foremost goal of the leadership is to ensure
                           rising living standards, regarded as essential
                           for social stability and to keep the
                           Communist Party in power, the leaders
         simultaneously strive to portray themselves as a government
         willing to shoulder international responsibilities in line with
         the status of a rising major power. This is necessary to meet
         the demands of the international community and satisfy
                                                                            various segments of the population which are sensitive to the
                                                                            country’s reputation abroad and wish to see it either respected
                                                                            as an equal or admired as a great power.


                                                                            J U ST A V ICT I M
                                                                                China does not deny that its phenomenal economic growth
                                                                            over the past thirty years has resulted in a drastic increase in
                                                                            its greenhouse gas emissions. It acknowledges the severity of
                                           
								
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