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China's compliance in global environmental affairs.

Chan, G. (2004) 'China's compliance in global environmental affairs.', Asia pacific viewpoint., 45 (1). pp. 69-86.

Abstract

As the most populous country on earth with 10 per cent of its rare species of flora and fauna, China's environmental practice is of great importance. Already the country is one of the most polluted places in the world. At least seven out of the ten of the world's most polluted cities are located in China. It is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases after the United States, inflicting heavy, long-term casualties on its own public health and economic development as well as on those of its close neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region. How to strike a proper balance between environmental protection and fast economic growth will have an important impact on China's modernisation outcome and its international standing. The country began to pay serious attention to environment problems in the 1970s. Since the adoption of the reform and opening-up policy in the late 1970s, it has signed or ratified many international treaties dealing with environmental issues. By now, it has entered into most international environmental regimes. But how compliant is China with respect to commitments made to these regimes? How willing and capable is it in complying with international environmental norms and rules? What does sustainable development mean to China? How do red tape, fear, inexperience, and ignorance affect China's efforts to protect its environment? And how do inter-ministerial wrangling and the growth of green NGOs within China affect its compliance? This paper tries to answer these questions.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Pollution, Greenhouse gases, Public health, Sustainable development.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8376.2004.00228.x
Record Created:19 Feb 2008
Last Modified:10 Nov 2010 10:03

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