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 12: The governance of climate relations between Europe and Asia in the ‘pivotal decade’ (2010–2020): evidence from China and Vietnam

David Belis and Hans Bruyninckx

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


The different chapters of this book contribute to the small but growing body of literature on political relationships between key countries in global climate governance. Tackling climate change requires cooperation on multiple levels of governance and involves a set of increasingly diverse actors, ranging from governmental to business and civil society organizations (Betsill 2011: 127–128; Biermann 2011). The practices and processes that constitute these relationships are inherently intertwined and multifaceted in nature. This book therefore focuses on in-depth and comprehensive empirical case studies, offering a relational perspective. The analysis of China’s climate relations with the European Union (EU) covers the most essential issues, actors and interests that collectively define one of the key relationships in the global politics of climate change. Contributions on EU–Vietnam relations mainly focus on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as the main channel of bilateral climate action. The book also sets the stage for further research in the field of global environmental and climate change governance, particularly with regard to the future role(s) of Asia’s emerging economies.

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