China Policy Institute Blog

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 more than 50 hydropower projects before the year 2015. The plan includes resumption of dam construction on the Nu River …

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 administration. “Power must be exercised in the sunshine,” said former president Hu Jintao in 2007, “to ensure that it is exercised …

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 …

Getting back to nature: New trends in Chinese tourism

Written by Richard Abrahams. China’s domestic tourism market has been growing year on year, and with many of China’s scenic spots located in central and western areas, tourism has given a much needed shot in the arm to rural economies that have, during the reform period, lagged pathetically behind urban areas. Charged with nationalist narratives, …

China’s ‘Going Out Strategy’ and the implications for agricultural and forestry resources in Africa

Written by Kathleen Buckingham. China is shifting the global political economy which has significant implications for natural resource management. The so-called Western powers, which have dominated global natural resource institutions for centuries, may be about to witness a new mode of resource governance. Although not always perceptible, even our relationship with nature has been modified …

Beyond NIMBYism: China’s Environment Social Mobilization

Written by PENG Lin and Wu Fengshi. The year 2012 marked the rise of social mobilization against industrial pollution and hazardous projects in China. In Qidong, Shifang and Ningbo, angry citizens took to the streets and voiced their opinions against construction projects. Most of these social mobilizations resembled the pattern of Not-In-My-Back-Yard (NIMBY) movements observed in …