Chapter 1: Introduction: governing climate relations between Europe and Asia in a restructuring world order
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This book provides a thorough empirical study of the most fundamental dynamics, practices and policy processes involved in Europe–Asia climate relations, with a specific focus on China and Vietnam as key emerging economies. Due to double-digit economic growth and related booming greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, major Asian developing economies such as China and, to a lesser extent, India have moved centre-stage in all important areas of global governance (Dryzek et al. 2011; Wouters et al. 2012). This restructuring of the global world order is having a profound impact on the global climate regime, as established by the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Since the 2009 Copenhagen summit, China in particular has assumed a pivotal role in international climate negotiations (Grubb 2010: 127). As a result, the relationship between Asia and the most active player in the climate regime, the European Union (EU), has become a key element for future climate governance practices (Belis and Schunz 2012; Schreurs 2010: 89).

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