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China’s Reveals Its Real Stance on Climate Change

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China, being the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases, has demonstrated conflicting stances on climate change policies. While showing a facade of commitment to climate change solutions, the nation seems to prioritize economic interests over substantial environmental action. The pronounced divergence was evident in Xie Zhenhua’s, China’s chief climate diplomat, declarations, opposing the “phase-out” of fossil fuels at the upcoming COP28, which contradicts the initiatives of many nations aiming for a sustainable future.

This discordance puts into question China’s true intentions in the fight against climate change. While John Kerry, the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, has attempted to decouple climate initiatives from the prevalent U.S.-China tensions, China seems to be shielding its economic interests, refusing to commit to impactful climate agreements. This selective approach to climate solutions has a cascading effect, disrupting the harmonized global effort needed to combat climate change effectively. China’s continuous approval and construction of coal-fired power plants cast a long shadow over their purported commitment to curbing emissions, causing concern among international climate leaders.

The unwillingness to compromise and embrace significant climate resolutions is a stark illustration of the discord between word and action. The incongruence between China’s public statements and actual policies creates a seemingly insurmountable obstacle in achieving consensus on global climate goals. With China and the U.S being two of the predominant carbon emitters, their collaboration is deemed crucial in making tangible progress in the global climate battle. Yet, the prevailing antagonism and China’s reluctance to commit to meaningful change render this collaboration precarious.

China’s stance could potentially derail the momentum needed to achieve the targets set out in the Paris Agreement. The negotiations at COP28 hinge largely on the ability of these superpowers to set aside their differences and unite for the global cause. As China fast-tracks its coal-based projects, the urgency for decisive action amplifies. The world watches, hoping for a convergence of interests and a unified stride towards a sustainable future, where promises align with actions, and resolutions are not overshadowed by economic agendas.

China had previously announce the intent to construct the equivalent of 106 new coal fired plants. This is likely part of their grander strategy to pull developing nations into its camp, where the U.S. puts pressure on them, China offers them new markets without the pressure. Energy is wealth. The West built its civilization on cheap energy. The developing world will want that as well.

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