Chinese President Xi Jinping’s address at the United Nations (UN) Biodiversity Summit has drawn widespread attention among Experts and Scholars from different Countries, with many of them speaking highly of China’s contribution to multilateralism and global sustainable development.
Emmanuel Dupuy, President of the Institute for Prospective and Security in Europe, said that President Xi’s speech shows China’s firm determination to participate in global environmental governance and adhere to the construction of ecological civilization.
“Since America withdrew from the Paris Agreement signed in December 2015, China has become the country we can mostly rely on on this issue. The upcoming 15th Conference of the Parties on the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held in Kunming also shows that China has undertaken two important responsibilities of protecting biodiversity and protecting the environment,” said he said.
Pascal Boniface, director of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs, said he believes that all countries in the world should work together to tackle the main challenges of global environment issues and no country can shirk the responsibility.
“The real challenge needs to be dealt with by multiple parties. It is a global challenge that can be better met only if we act together, rather than trying to withdraw unilaterally. In dealing with climate issues, we [China and Europe] share the same position and views and we also complement and integrate with each other.
On the issue of addressing global warming, our two sides have similar views. China strives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, while Europe pledges to achieve that by 2050. Our two sides will also work jointly to assist other countries in fulfilling their obligations,” said Pascal Boniface.
An expert on international issues from Arizona State University in the U.S. said that China has long demonstrated its support for multilateralism and that it has made continued contribution to the global sustainable development while also making continuous progress in environmental protection.
“What we’ve seen at the UN meeting and we’ve seen this in additional points before is China’s leadership and President Xi Jinping using the UN meeting and other meetings like that to express support and commitment for multilateralism.
We’ve also seen China being in the forefront of institutions and organizations like Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, RCEP, which is a big trade agreement that China is taking lead on, of course, the Belt & Road Initiative.
We’ve seen China act aggressively against air pollution. We’ve seen China institute big programs domestically which I think overall have been successful in reducing pollutants,” said Jonas Gamso, assistant professor from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University.