Green dragons: the politics of climate change in Asia

This report examines the climate change debates in seven key countries in the Asia-Pacific region—Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan South Korea, and the United States. In their stances toward mitigating the effects of climate change, the key Asia-Pacific countries define their interests differently, and often in ways defying standard expectations, depending on their varying opportunities at the international level and their diverse domestic political situations. Therefore, to reach a consensus on the solution to the challenge of climate change, the political leaders in these countries need to effectively present the collective benefits of climate change amelioration while convincing their public to accept the pain that this amelioration will almost certain entail.