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China’s Climate- and Energy-security Dilemma: Shaping a New Path of Economic Growth

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  • Karl Hallding

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  • Guoyi Han

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  • Marie Olsson

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    China is undergoing modernization at a scale and speed the world has never witnessed. As climate change increasingly dominates the global agenda, China faces the challenge of shaping a new growth path in a climate-constrained world. The paper argues that China’s current climate and energy policy is, at best, a “repackaging” of existing energy and environmental strategies with co-benefits for the mitigation of climate change. Nevertheless, even though policies are not climate-change driven, the quick (rhetorical) endorsement of low-carbon development and the strong momentum of green technologies indicate that political ambitions are in favour of finding a more sustainable development pathway. A new growth path would, however, require a fundamental shift, with development and energy strategies being set within climate security constraints. The eventual success of this new path remains uncertain.

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    Article provided by Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg in its journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 119-134

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    Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:38:y:2009:i:3:p:119-134

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    Keywords: Climate change; Sustainable development; Economic growth; Climate protection;

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    1. Mohajan, Haradhan, 2011. "Greenhouse gas emissions increase global warming," MPRA Paper 50839, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 18 Apr 2011.

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