China, Europe need to work on climate treaty

Partnership will boost prospects of global pact next year with benefits for both.

THE 2014 UN climate summit begins in South America on Dec 1. It is a potentially crucial conference with the deadline for a new climate treaty fast approaching in 2015.

The Peru-based summit takes place in the context of the recent important US-China climate agreement. Understandably, there has been considerable emphasis in recent months placed upon the emerging strategic partnership between Beijing and Washington to tackle global warming.

However, important as this could ultimately prove to be, it is Europe's relationship with China that may be as important to the prospects of securing a new global climate treaty next year. Fundamentally, both major powers share a vision of a prosperous, energy-secure...

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