Climate Commitments to 2050: A Roadmap for China


ZhongXiang Zhang with responses by Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Jisun Kim, Raekwon Chung, and Stephen Howes

East-West Dialogue, No. 4


Honolulu: East-West Center

Publication Date: December 2009
Binding: paper
Pages: 16
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Special topic for the Copenhagen climate talks
In this issue:

Lead Article
Climate Commitments to 2050: A Roadmap for China

ZhongXiang Zhang, Senior Fellow, East-West Center, provides an exposition of the likely Chinese negotiating position for international climate talks. Zhang discusses the significance of 2030 as a target date for an absolute emissions cap and advocates for three transitional periods of increasing climate obligations before China could meet an absolute emissions caps.

Prospects for International Climate Negotiations: Copenhagen and Beyond

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Jisun Kim, Research Assistant, Peterson Institute for International Economics, respond to Zhang and also discuss wider issues in international climate talks and provide their speculation on the prospects for the Copenhagen talks.

China Is Willing, but on What Terms?

Raekwon Chung, Climate Change Ambassador, South Korea, discusses the uncertainty of emissions trajectory and the legal nature of a "binding" commitment.

Common Ground Must Be Found, and Fast

Stephen Howes, Professor, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University, focuses on the urgency of making commitments for 2013.

East-West Dialogue, a project of the East-West Center, fosters discussion and debate of key issues in Asia-U.S. economic relations. The Dialogue seeks to develop and promote innovative policy, business, and civic initiatives to enhance this critical partnership.


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