Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 01/2010

Climate Commitments to 2050: A Roadmap for China

ZhongXiang Zhang

December 2009

East-West Center


ZhongXiang Zhang, Senior Fellow, East-West Center, provides an exposition of the likely Chinese negotiating position for international climate talks. Zhang discusses the significance of 2030 as a target date for an absolute emissions cap and advocates for three transitional periods of increasing climate obligations before China could meet an absolute emissions caps.