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Wang Yi:China Keeps Taking Actions on Climate Change

2019/09/24

On September 23, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping's special representative, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Wang Yi said, China has acted on the new development philosophy and is following a path of green, low-carbon and sustainable development. In 2018, China's CO2 emissions per unit of GDP dropped by 45.8 percent from the 2005 level, or a reduction of around 5.26 billion tons of CO2 emissions, exceeding the target set for the year; the share of non-fossil fuel in primary energy consumption reached 14.3 percent; forest stock increased by 4.56 billion cubic meters from 2005, as a result of new afforestation in China since 2000, which accounts for 25 percent of the global total; and a total of 1.25 million electric vehicles were sold in China, far more than in any other country. The development of a national emission trading market is well underway. China will faithfully fulfill our obligations under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, follow the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" and other principles, and realize as scheduled its nationally determined contribution targets submitted to the UNFCCC secretariat. We will continue to promote joint building of a green Belt and Road. We are mobilizing stronger support for international cooperation against climate change through the BRI International Green Development Coalition and other platforms.

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