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Research Paper
Published online: November 30, 2014
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Towards a New Global Agreement under the Doha Climate Gateway: A Chinese Way

Hui Zhang
Wuhan University School of Law and Institute of International Law
Luojiashan, Wuchang District, Wuhan, Hubei Province, 430072, China
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The Doha Climate Gateway launched the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and restated the vision of a new global agreement binding all countries. To reach the goal of the new agreement and further to save the Earth, the principles regarding CBDR of UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol may need a reflection and re-interpretation. The common responsibility would be emphasized more than before, and the differentiated responsibility might improve the feasibility to be operated considering the principles of equity and respective capabilities. In climate change conferences, China has shown its flexibility on the issue of a new agreement. As a developing responsible power, China should contribute to addressing climate change upon the call of common responsibility, but it also needs an appropriate differentiated treatment according to its capability.

Keywords : New Global Agreement, Doha Climate Gateway, CBDR principle, Common Responsibility, Differentiated Responsibility, Chinese Way

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