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Kobayashi, Yuka (2015) 'India in Climate Change – the view from Tokyo.' In: Sullivan, Kate, (ed.), Competing Visions of India in World Politics: India’s Rise Beyond the West. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 49-65.

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This chapter first examines Indo-Japanese relations to place the relationship in a wider context and then moves on to examine how Tokyo views New Delhi in relation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It introduces the ‘China prism’ and ‘nuclear lens’, two frameworks that significantly influence Tokyo’s perception of New Delhi. As a whole, the chapter argues that with regard to Japanese policymaking on climate change, India is viewed both in relation to and in comparison with China. India was Tokyo’s preferred partner in climate change until 1998, when, following India’s nuclear tests, there was a dramatic shift in Tokyo’s perception of India. It was then replaced by China, as the ‘better partner’ for Tokyo in climate change.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
School Research Centres > Centre for Asian Legal Studies
ISBN: 9781137398659
Copyright Statement: © Yuka Kobayashi 2015. This is the accepted version of a chapter published by Palgrave Macmillan in Competing Visions of India in World Politics: India’s Rise Beyond the West, available online:
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Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2015 18:15

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