China's Role in Climate Change Negotiations - Perspectives for COP21

Zhang Zhongxiang; Tianjin University, September 2015; FES Shanghai November 2015

At the upcoming negotiations on climate change mitigation in Paris in December 2015, China will again be among the key actors and the Chinese delegation's actions and utterances will be closely scrutinised. In this study, Professor Zhang Zhongxiang from Tianjin University (China) explores some key aspects of China's policies on climate change and the environment to illustrate China's likely position at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He sketches the evolution of China's stance during international climate negotiations since Kyoto, gives an overview of domestic goals and measures to mitigate climate change during recent years and mentions some of the incentives, obstacles and conditions for China to support an ambitious international agreement to curb climate change.

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