A slogan is projected onto Yongdingmen Gate in Beijing, Mar. 23, 2009. Greenpeace China launched a countdown clock to draw attention to China's role in the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen in Dec. 2009.
"Understanding China's Climate Change Policy—From Both International and Domestic Perspectives"
Journal Article, American Journal of Chinese Studies, volume 16, issue 2
Forthcoming October 2009
Author: Bo Wang, Former Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, 2008-2009
China's climate change policy expresses both continuity and change over time. Continuity is observed in China's active involvement in policy formation, both domestically and internationally. Changes are reflected both in China's institutional arrangements on climate change mitigation and adaptation and increasing flexibility in international negotiations. Both continuity and change can be attributed to international and domestic factors. Among China's foreign policy objectives are enhancing its international image, international engagement, sovereignty concerns, and solidarity with developing countries. Domestic objectives include the need for continued economic development, increased attention to environmental protection, and social learning effects.
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