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China: Leader or Laggard on the Path to a Secure, Low-Carbon Energy Future?

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Sarah O. Ladislaw, Jane Nakano
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This paper explores the debate whether China is a global leader on clean energy technologies and transformation or the largest source of emissions with serious, systemic local environmental degradation by the international community. This document seeks to clarify key aspects of China's efforts to pursue a secure, low-carbon pathway and the challenges the government faces.