‘We’ll honour climate pledges’

Beijing: Chinese, French and German leaders agreed during a virtual summit to jointly work toward an equitable and reasonable climate governance mechanism for win-win cooperation and make the response to climate change a pillar for cooperation between China and the European Union.

During the meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Xi Jinping said China will honour its commitments to limit its carbon emissions before 2030 and attain carbon neutrality before 2060, while describing the mission as a “hard battle” for the world’s largest developing country.

The leaders reached consensuses on the need to uphold multilateralism and implement the Paris Agreement across the board, highlighting the need to enable the Leaders Summit on Climate later this month to yield positive, balanced and pragmatic outcomes.

In his remarks, Xi said China’s commitments mean the nation must attain the largest drop in carbon emission intensity globally, and use the shortest period in global history to peak carbon emissions and attain carbon neutrality.

The nation has already included the commitments into its overall plan for ecological development and is pushing for the growth of a green, low-carbon and circular economy across the board, he said.

Xi reiterated the importance of implementing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement on the basis of equity and in accordance with all parties’ common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities and actively conducting South-South Cooperation in climate change mitigation.

Macron said France welcomes China’s commitment, a move he said showed Beijing has taken the initiative in assuming major responsibilities.

Paris is ready to work with Beijing in bringing bilateral and EU-China relations forward, jointly helping Africa attain green development and enhancing coordination over regional matters such the Iran nuclear issue, he said. — China Daily/ANN

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