China’s “Radicalism at the Center”: Regime Legitimation Through Climate Politics and Governance

  • JøRgen Delman


As China is now the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses (GHG) (IEA 2010; OECD/IEA 2009), the Chinese regime has recognized that it is vital to exert its influence on the development of global climate governance and that climate politics are useful for garnering national and international legitimacy in support of China’s strategic shift toward more sustainable growth. But the position taken by China during the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December 2009 surprised many in the West, and some were quick to put the blame for the summit’s meager outcome on China, which was criticized for serving its own interests (Miliband 2009; Vidal 2009; Watts 2009; Dyer 2009).


Chinese Regime Global Governance International Energy Agency International Energy Agency Climate Governance 
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