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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.
THEWORLDTODAY.ORG MAY 2009 PAGE 4 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. gingClimate 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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