The Governance of Climate Relations Between Europe and Asia

The Governance of Climate Relations Between Europe and Asia

Evidence from China and Vietnam as Key Emerging Economies

Leuven Global Governance series

Edited by Hans Bruyninckx, Qi Ye, Nguyen Quang Thuan and David Belis

The Governance of Climate Relations between Europe and Asia offers a thorough empirical study of the most fundamental dynamics involved in EU climate relations with China and Vietnam in the context of global climate governance.

Chapter 3: China, the European Union and global environmental governance: the case of climate change

David Belis and Simon Schunz

Subjects: asian studies, asian environment, environment, asian environment, climate change, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, law - academic, environmental law, politics and public policy, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, international relations


This chapter explores the evolving role(s) of China and the European Union (EU) in global climate and environmental governance. This is done through brief case-studies of, first, China and then the European Union. A second section presents an analysis of EU–China relations in global climate governance since the early days of the climate regime (1992–2012), predominantly from the perspective of the European Union. The chapter refers to global environmental governance more generally but consistently focuses on global climate governance, which deals with an issue that is currently often perceived as being the most pressing environmental problem. Although developments at regional, national and local levels are referred to, attention is particularly focused on the evolution of global climate negotiations under the United Nations (UN) umbrella.

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