A Balancing Act: China's Role in Climate Change

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At the end of this year, governments from all countries of the world will gather in Copenhagen and try to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto protocol. The outcome of these negotiations hinges in many respects on what China decides to do. There are many signs that China may come to play a much more important role in global mitigation of climate change than was thought only a couple of years ago. The report in question deals with this issue, and is a contribution to our understanding of Chinas possible role in a future global climate policy regime.

The Commission asked Karl Hallding, Guoyi Han and Marie Olsson at Stockholm Environment Institute to analyze the economic and political development in China with focus on climate change. Karl Hallding, Guoyi Han and Marie Olsson are solely responsible for analysis, proposals and opinions presented in the report.