“China’s Manipulative Use of Climate Change” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon for Security Nexus. This article details how China, through the use of irregular warfare tactics and outright deception, continues in their leading role of producing greenhouse gas emissions that exceed the emissions of all developed nations combined.

China’s initial reductions in emissions and rapidly growing renewable energy activities have cast it as a global leader in climate change. However, its manipulative economic climate strategy has taken advantage of other well-meaning nations even as it has progressively extended its lead as the worst global producer of greenhouse gas emissions. Policymakers must look beyond simple short-term political agreements and formulate strategies to counter this long-range form of irregular warfare.

Dr. Canyon is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are the author’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the DKI APCSS or the United States Government.

Security Nexus is a peer-reviewed, online journal published by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.