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In order to address climate change, the international community established a regulatory framework in addition to adaptation and mitigation strategies being at its core, and adopted “common, but differentiated responsibility” as the fundamental principle behind the international climate change regime. However, the climate change regime has reached an impasse in recent years. The author suggests that “common and symmetrical responsibility” should become the central organizing principle of the future climate regime in order to resolve disagreements and promote the initiative in the international community. The author not only provides an analysis of the “bridging mechanism for adaptation and mitigation,” primarily based on the allocation of quantified emissions, limitation and reduction commitments and the sharing of multilateral climate funds, but also discusses the “cut-or-fund” scheme and “cut-and-fund” scheme in in developed and developing States, respectively under this mechanism.

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Associate Professor Haifeng Deng is the Associate Dean and tenured Associate Professor of Law School, Tsinghua University, China. He is also the vice director of the Center for Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law of Tsinghua University and the senior research fellow of the CDM Development and Research Center of Tsinghua University. His research focuses on the environmental law, nature resource law and energy law. Prof Deng is the standing director of China environmental law research society, the Standing director of environmental law research society of Beijing law science society, the standing director and vice general secretary of environmental law research society of China environmental science society, and the formal expert of the official version of the legislation on Chinese Climate Change Arrangement Law. Since 1994, He has been involved in about 40 important research programs concerning the Chinese environmental Law, Energy law and Nature Resource Law. His publications include nearly 60 academic papers, 9 books and an encyclopaedia of energy law, such as “Legal Liabilities For Climate Change In China” in Climate Change Liability (Cambridge University Press 2012); “Legal suggestions on the reform of China’s Environmental Law”, (2013)19 Tsinghua Law Review; “China's role and contribution in the global governance of climate change: institutional adjustments for carbon tax introduction, collection and management in China”, (2015)8(6) Journal of World Energy Law & Business 581-599 (SSCI).

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