At the UN climate summit in Durban, China has signalled for the first time that it could sign up to a binding global agreement on CO2 emissions. Indeed, fighting climate change will be impossible without the future superpower on board. Taking a green approach to economic development could bring China massive benefits — if Beijing decides to go down that road.
China’s rise to superpower status seems unstoppable. But what course will it take over the coming decades? Let’s take a look at two very different scenarios for the China of 2025: