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The politics behind Xi's big green promise for China

WorldNews Saturday, 3 October 2020
The politics behind Xi's big green promise for ChinaBEIJING: Xi Jinping's vow to snuff out emissions by 2060 completes a diplomatic pirouette that moves China to the heart of the global green agenda, wrong-foots the US and cuddles up to Europe's climate advocates in one nimble step. The Chinese leader last month chose the UN as the stage for his country's unexpected pledge to reach peak coal use by 2030 and go carbon neutral three decades later. The announcement gives China - the world's biggest polluter and second-largest economy - an opportunity to show environmental leadership at the same time as the United States retreats from the issue under climate change sceptic Donald Trump. While light on details, the plan is a...
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