Climate change is an important area of China’s International Cooperation. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a Virtual Summit on Climate change on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron & German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“China, France and Germany can strengthen cooperation in energy transition, renewable energy, micro-grid technology, aviation hydrogen technology, carbon market, etc.,” Wang Jinnan, President of the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, also Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said.

He also said a technology transfer mechanism from developed countries to developing countries in the area of environmental protection should be established. The Paris Agreement has made arrangements for the financial mechanism and developed countries should fulfil their promises.

“We must always adhere to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities,” said Wang. “Developed countries and developing countries have different contributions to the impact of climate change, and of course their responsibilities are also different.”

He also stressed, at the current stage, it is especially necessary to combine the post-epidemic economic recovery with the process of responding to climate change. At the same time, China strives to play a greater role on international platforms such as the Group of 77, BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) and the Belt & Road Initiative.

Talking about U.S. special envoy John Kerry’s visit to China, Wang says there is a lot to be done to forge ahead bilateral cooperation in tackling climate change.

First of all, the two governments must establish a cooperation mechanism. The second is to encourage the establishment of cooperative relations between Chinese local governments and U.S. state governments, especially local governments that are very active in addressing climate change.

The third is to encourage cooperation between the industries of both sides to jointly develop key carbon-neutral technologies and disruptive technologies. The fourth is to reopen research and academic exchanges and carry out research cooperation.

Author: Guan Xin

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