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Geopolitics of Climate Change: US and China are Reciprocal Contenders


  1. Sonia Ashraf
    Ph.D. Scholar, International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan


The United States and China are anticipated to have major impacts on global temperature change. The United States was the nation that transmits the most greenhouse gases throughout the previous century. Since that time, the primary component of greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, has lingered in the atmosphere for about 100 years. This article illustrates how climate change is a geopolitical issue. It demonstrates how lowering greenhouse gas emissions affect spatial politics. Without consideration of deeper geopolitical dynamics in the larger international system, it is impossible to comprehend the complicated politics of climate change. The resurgence of "great-power politics" is between China and the US as well as the two countries' inability to socialize with one another and integrate into international governance frameworks. An effective global climate regime can only be established through cooperation between the USA and China. Recent US-China climate change relations reveal a divergent trend of constructive bilateral cooperation and combative interactions in multilateral climate negotiation. The overwhelming size and impending climate change deadline would not be possible without the state's heavy lifting and capacity to influence behavior on a national scale. Climate mitigation and adaptation are impractical without the state's heavy lifting and its capacity as a national body to inspire behavioral change. Hence, it concludes that currently, both divisive actors are more focused on geopolitical competition rather than combating with climate change crisis. The paper goes on to say that if these reasons are essentially true, the field of international relations has to concentrate considerably more on the climate crisis and reconnect with its state-related traditions of thought.

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China, Climate Change, Geopolitics, Strategic Riva




Article # 46
Volume # 2
Issue # 3

DOI info

DOI Number: 10.47205/jdss.2021(2-III)46
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