What Next -- Climate Watch

Is China still a devleoping country?

Below an article that provides perspectives on one of the most critical and contested issues in connection to the climate negotiations: that of China's role and responsibility. See also material from the What Next seminar China's Action on Climate Change and Possibilities for EU-China Collaboration (scroll down to 6 September).
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The article is written by Martin Khor, Director of the South Centre, and originally published by South Centre in SUNS #7265, 22 November 2011.

Is China still a developing country, or has it joined the ranks of the advanced developed countries?

This has become a topical question, especially after US President Barack Obama reportedly told the Chinese President Hu Jintao last week that China had to act more responsibly, now that it has "grown up."

This interesting one-to-one conversation took place at the APEC Summit in Hawaii. And when Obama met Chinese premier Wen Jiabao at the East Asia Summit hosted by ASEAN in Bali last week, he must have said something similar, in between scolding him for not allowing the Chinese currency to shoot up.

By telling China that it has become a grown-up adult, Obama meant that China should now be treated just like the US or Europe in terms of international obligations
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What happened in Panama?

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What happened at the climate talks in Panama -- the last negotiation session before COP17 in Durban 28 Nov -9 Dec 2011? Check out the Third World Network detailed reports from the negotiations through their 18 (!) TWN Panama News Updates. Downloadable as PDF-documents from the TWN website.
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Dale Wen om US WTO case in China Dialogue

Here is a comment regarding the US United Steelworkers complaint against China regarding clean tech subsidies. It was published at the China Dialogue web site:

Pointing the finger the wrong way
By Dale Jiajun Wen

October 19, 2010

America’s largest union has persuaded Obama to investigate China’s cleantech subsidies – a protectionist move that will only hinder green progress and foster climate scepticism, writes Dale Jiajun Wen.
“If China is blamed no matter what it does on climate, what better evidence is there to convince people that climate change is merely a western conspiracy to constrain the growth of developing countries?”

On September 9, the biggest union in the United States, United Steelworkers, filed a 5,800-page petition under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, alleging that the Chinese government has violated international trade laws by providing hundreds of billions of dollars in illegal subsidies to its green-technology producers and exporters.

The organisation asked the US government to initiate an investigation and bring this case before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) – and on Friday last week (15 October), Barack Obama’s administration obliged, announcing the launch of a probe into the complaints.
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"A Challenge for the U.S. to match China's efforts to address Climate Change"

Here is a recent letter send to Todd Stern, US Special envoy on climate change, from a number of Chinese academics and civil society organisations, arguing that the US must stop using China as an excuse for inaction, and showing that the Chinese efforts on climate change are more serious and stringent those of the US, while China still is a developing country in many respects. See also this fact sheet
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Comparison between China and the US

Here is an interesting table comparing the US and China on a number of issues – a quite embarrassing reading for the US. Issued as fact sheet to accompany a letter to the US delegation by a number of Chinese civil society organisations.
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News reporting from Tianjin, with focus on China challenging US

China and US clash at climate talkshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/06/china-climate-talks-us-negotiatorAFP: China tells rich nations to improve emission targetshttp://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwsL_RY6bdU9YcSBwBR9C7GUM1zw?docId=CNG.5cb7ef236c63dc32da7a98f3cefc25f2.481Bloomberg: China Envoy Says U.S., Others Should Raise Emissions Targets, AFP Reportshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-05/china-envoy-says-u-s-others-should-raise-emissions-targets-afp-reports.htm
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