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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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  • Karl Hallding & Guoyi Han & Marie Olsson, 2009. "China’s Climate- and Energy-security Dilemma: Shaping a New Path of Economic Growth," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 38(3), pages 119-134.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:38:y:2009:i:3:p:119-134
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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.
    2. Junko Mochizuki & ZhongXiang Zhang, 2011. "Environmental Security and its Implications for China’s Foreign Relations," Working Papers 2011.30, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    3. repec:eee:enepol:v:108:y:2017:i:c:p:379-389 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Kyae Lim Kwon & Robert J. Hanlon, 2016. "A comparative review for understanding elite interest and climate change policy in China," Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, Springer, vol. 18(4), pages 1177-1193, August.

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