Handbook on China and Developing Countries
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Handbook on China and Developing Countries

  • Handbooks of Research on Contemporary China series

Edited by Carla P. Freeman

This Handbook explores the rapidly evolving and increasingly multifaceted relations between China and developing countries. Cutting-edge analyses by leading experts from around the world critically assess such timely issues as the ‘China model’, Beijing’s role in international development assistance, Chinese peacekeeping and South-South relations, and developing countries and the internationalization of the renminbi. Chapters also examine China’s engagement with individual countries and regions throughout the developing world. For scholars, practitioners, and postgraduates, the volume’s breadth and depth of coverage will inform and guide present and future analysis.
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Chapter 14: China as an environmental actor in the developing world – China’s role in deforestation and the timber trade in developing countries

Carla P. Freeman and Yiqian Xu

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As the World’s largest ‘middleman’ in the global economy, China’s responsibility – and capacity – must be shared with other nations and stakeholders who produce, consume and benefit from the supply of goods that pass to or through China. International Institute for Sustainable Development, December 2001. This chapter examines the environmental dimension of China’s relations with developing countries through the lens of the role China is playing in deforestation – both as a source of deforestation in the developing world through its significant role in the timber trade and as a stakeholder in the preservation of global forest cover. This is an important and timely issue for several interrelated reasons. First, China’s role in the international timber trade is significant and growing. Understanding China’s role in deforestation as pressure is intensifying on the world’s forests is key, if China is to be engaged as a constructive actor in international efforts toward the sustainable management of global forests.

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