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China turns from COP15 villain to COP21 angel

The future of climate policy today seems more assured in China than in the world's other major emitter, the highly polarised US.

China emerged as a villain of COP15: Its coal habits made it the world's biggest emitter in 2005, and emissions continued to soar.


IN 2009, the global climate conference in Copenhagen came close to disaster because of China's obstreperous position on limiting carbon emissions. As leaders of 160 countries convene in Paris on measures to keep global temperatures from rising above two degrees Celsius, China is