This chapter first describes the pattern of climate change in China, which has seen an accelerated warming trend that has been much stronger than the global average, leading to a growing number of extreme weather events such as more frequent occurrences of flood and drought in certain regions. The impacts of these changes are considered alongside China’s climate policies and actions, which have recently focused on mitigation rather than adaptation. This is followed by a discussion of China’s role in global climate governance which, since China surpassed the USA and became the largest emitter of carbon dioxide, is being increasingly demanded by the international community.
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