„All parties should work together to implement the Paris Agreement. China will continue to take measures to combat climate change and fully implement its commitments,“ Xi added, according to a transcript published by Xinhua, China`s official news agency. Xi used the lectern to call for multilateral action on climate change after Trump called the Paris climate agreement — with nearly 200 signatories — a unilateral agreement and criticized China as the world`s largest source of carbon emissions. Todd Stern, the U.S. climate envoy under the Obama administration who worked to negotiate a bilateral climate agreement with China in 2014, said the announcement was an „encouraging“ move. The president says „We have only one homeland“ in a coded warning to Donald Trump not to dismantle the agreement „China will stoke its Nationally Determined Contributions (to the Paris Agreement) with stronger policies and measures,“ Xi said, calling on all countries to pursue a „green recovery of the global economy in the post-COVID era.“ „The Paris Agreement is an important milestone in the history of climate policy. We must ensure that this undertaking does not go off the rails,“ the Communist Party leader said. Trump, who has removed or reduced hundreds of environmental regulations, said the U.S. has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other country in the deal. Trump, who will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, has threatened to withdraw from the historic Paris agreement, dismissing climate change as a Chinese „hoax“ and „costly.“ .
„The Paris Climate Agreement paves the way for the global transition to green, low-carbon development. It outlines the minimum measures that must be taken to protect the land, our common home, and all countries must take decisive steps to comply with this agreement,“ President Xi said in a recorded video message. In 2014, Xi and then-US President Barack Obama reached a surprising agreement on climate change, which became an important part of the Paris Agreement signed in December 2015. „Simply reaching emissions `before 2030` will not be enough to put China on the fast track needed for carbon neutrality, but overall, it`s a very encouraging step,“ Stern added. Xi once again delivered a surprise, according to Li Shuo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping announced on Tuesday his intention to raise his country`s Paris climate agreement, calling for a green revolution just minutes after the United States. President Donald Trump has accused China of „endemic pollution.“ To best manage these new expectations and responsibilities, China needs to significantly step up its short-term efforts to reduce emissions through its 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement, especially with regard to the future use of coal. Fragmentary progress in the short term will be insufficient in the eyes of the international community. At the same time, China must also show a propensity to realize Xi`s vision of carbon neutrality as close as possible by 2050 and seriously realign its support for carbon-intensive infrastructure overseas through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But to be credible, China must use the five-year plan process, including the creation of a „Special Climate Change Plan and CO2 Peak Action Plan,“ as well as the „Energy Development Plan and Electricity Development Plan“ — to commit to a cap of 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2025. and to control carbon dioxide emissions at two billion tonnes.
This would commit China to also commit to limiting the total capacity of coal-fired power plants to a total of 1,150 gigawatts by 2025 and working towards the complete elimination of all domestic coal production by 2040. .