China Policy Institute Blog

China’s Twin Quests for Energy Security and Low-carbon Transition

Written by Guy C.K. Leung. Another round of the UN climate conference will be held in New York on 23 September, and it is a good time to review the energy governance of the world’s biggest carbon emitter, and its implication for global climate change. China faces an “energy dilemma” as it seeks to ensure continuity …

Climate Change Legislation: China Has Politics, Too

Written by Terry Townshend. National legislation is often cited as a critical element of a credible and effective international response to climate change. National laws not only help to create the political conditions that enable an international climate change agreement to be reached but, once the new agreement is sealed, it is national legislation that will put …

GM in China: ‘Paranoia’ and public opinion

Written by Sam Geall. Biosafety certificates permitting Chinese researchers to grow genetically modified rice and corn expired last week, with little indication that the Ministry of Agriculture will renew them. The certificates, issued in 2009, concerned two types of Bt rice, which express a gene of the bacillus thuringiensis bacterium, conferring pest resistance, and phytase …

GM-modified Corn, Protectionism and Normal China

Written by Tyler Rooker. On December 20th close to 600 thousand tons of corn from the US was denied entry to China on the basis that it was genetically-modified with MIR 162, a version of corn that does not have a “security certificate” in China. Last month, 60 thousand tons of the same GM corn …

NGOs, Adaptive Capacity, and Hydropower Politics in China

Written by Oliver Hensengerth. On 23 January 2013, China’s State Council published its 12th Five-Year Plan for Energy Development (能源发展“十二五”规划). It forms part of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) and outlines plans to begin the construction of

China’s Speculative Urbanism and the Built Environment

Written by Hyun Bang Shin. Critics have been speculating since the 1990s that China had already entered an ‘urban age,’ with a large number of migrants unaccounted for in the national census. But it was not until 2011 when the majority of the country’s national population were to be found, officially, in urban areas for the …

China and the environment: Will the sun shine?

Written by Sam Geall. Fighting official corruption in China can be achieved through a more open “sunshine government” (政府阳光), said Chinese premier Li Keqiang in a recent speech. It’s an opinion that was apparently shared by the country’s last ad

Environmental protection and anti-corruption in China

Written by ZHANG Jing. In November 2012, Beijing Health Bureau announced that the lung cancer rate had increased by 60 per cent from 2001 to 2010, even though the smoking rate during the period had not seen an obvious increase. In addition to smoking and passive smoking, particulate matter in the air has been a …

China’s Role in the Transformation of the Global Climate Change Regime

Written by Yan Bo. China used to be a latecomer to international regimes, especially before the 1990’s. It is a different case for China and the global climate change regime. China has participated in global climate change governance from the very beginning and attended all the international negotiations leading to UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol as …

Diagnosing China’s Environmental Governance Challenges

Written by Adam Moser.  During China’s annual two sessions meeting in March, delegates gave low approval ratings to the Supreme People’s Court and the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Granted, China’s judicial system and its environmental governance regime leave much to be desired. But attributing such shortcomings to these two government bodies alone is derived from …