If the climate change conference in Copenhagen failed to meet the expectations of both developed and developing countries, it did make one thing clear: The United States remains the most powerful developed country and China is acknowledged as a leading representative of the developing countries, though not all of them are happy about this.

Copenhagen revealed the emergence of a coalition of large developing countries, known as BASIC, that consist of Brazil, South Africa, India and China, of which China is the most important member.

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