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Title: Securitization in Chinese climate and energy politics
Authors: Nyman, Jonna
Zeng, Jinghan
First Published: 24-Jan-2016
Publisher: Wiley for Royal Meteorological Society
Citation: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2016, 7(1), pp. 301-313
Abstract: This article provides an overview of securitization in Chinese climate and energy debates. Scholars have debated the merits as well as the potentially problematic implications of securitization, or framing issues as ‘security,’ since the early 1990s. Early concern focused on the potential problems with linking environmental issues with ‘security,’ and the debate has since also turned specifically to the climate and energy. However, it is only recently that this debate has begun to pay attention to China. Energy and climate concerns are of increasing importance to China: the sheer scale of its energy consumption and air pollution struggles dwarf the challenges seen by other states, and its policy choices play a key role in shaping global climate and energy dynamics. Thus, while securitization in the Chinese context is rarely studied, how China frames its energy and climate policy matters. Both energy and climate are taken increasingly seriously, and security plays an increasing role in debates. This review surveys the increasing popularity of linking security with climate and energy issues both in the academic debate on China and in official discourse, and some of the potential implications.
DOI Link: 10.1002/wcc.387
ISSN: 1757-7780
eISSN: 1757-7799
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Wiley, 2016. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. Following the embargo period this version of the article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Nyman, J. and Zeng, J. (2016), Securitization in Chinese climate and energy politics. WIREs Clim Change, 7: 301–313, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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