Author(s): Olsson, M.
Type: Policy brief
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After 30 years of near double digit growth, China has become the world’s second largest economy. China is also the largest trading partner of almost all of the world’s major economies, and since 2007, China contributes more to global GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth than the U.S. does. In the course of only the past decade China has thus come to play a major role in global climate and energy securities.
China acting on climate change
China has much to gain and little to lose by playing a more active role in global climate talks. The coming decade is a strategic window for China to balance the opportunities and risks in
the context of climate change and international negotiation.
But China is also deeply suspicious of the intentions of western countries in the negotiations. For a deal to be reached, solemn trust must be built between China and other countries.
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