External Publications

Sep 21, 2023

Systemic Rivalry of China and the West in Climate Policy

Photo of air pollution over Shanghai
All rights reserved

Despite its systemic rivalry with China, the West has three options that could help it achieve tangible action in the sphere of climate policy.


This article outlines how the systemic rivalry between the West and China is preventing effective collaboration in the fight against climate change. It then suggests three approaches that can help the West achieve tangible action in the sphere of climate policy:

  • First, the West must build up pressure points such as a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) or even tariffs to incentivize greater climate protection measures.
  • Second, climate partnerships with more substantial financial resources will incentivize developing countries to accelerate decarbonization and not just follow the Chinese model.
  • Third, climate action in the United States and European Union must be well calibrated.

Read the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1515/ev-2023-0048

Bibliographic data

This article was originally published in The Economists’ Voice on September 21, 2021: https://doi.org/10.1515/ev-2023-0048

Themen & Regionen