Climate change is a global challenge for all countries and requires common efforts, and China will spare no efforts within its capacity to make contributions to the global climate governance, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing in Beijing on Friday.
Hua said that the Country’s Belt & Road Initiative is open, green and clean, and its cooperation with the BRI Countries in power generation mainly focuses on clean energy when responding to the query of China has funded the construction of 70 percent of the world’s coal-fired power plants through BRI.
“China has always been adhering to the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits and sticking to the ideology that is open, green and clean to develop cooperation in the field of energy with relevant countries.
It strives to realize the goal of high standards and sustainable development, which benefits people’s livelihood. Clean energies such as hydropower, wind power and photovoltaic are the main fields of China’s cooperation in power generation under BRI, which has helped the host countries to accelerate transiting their energy supply to a mode that is highly efficient, clean and diversified and also brought positive benefits in fields of economy, society and the environment,” she said.
Hua noted that there are 800 million people in the world who have no access to electricity and they are mainly from the BRI countries and that China’s funding the coal-fired power plants is based on their national conditions and their natural endowment of coal resources and makes electricity approachable and affordable in the cities.
“Based on the host country’s needs and requirements, Chinese enterprises provided them with clean, reliable and safe power supply solutions through market-oriented approaches on the basis of sticking to high standards, low emission and low energy consumption, which not only helped increase the well-being of the people in relevant countries but also boosted the local economic development and the stability of society,” she said.
Hua also stressed that China, as the world’s largest developing country, has been pressing itself to conserve energy and reduce emission and has enacted a serious of policies to actively tackle climate change, which all reflect its firm determination to address the problem and earned extensive affirmation from the international community.
“Climate change is a global challenge that requires all parties to make joint efforts and demonstrate leadership together. China is willing to promote the comprehensive and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement together with all parties and join hands with them in building a climate governance system that is for win-win cooperation and is fair and reasonable in aid of global low-carbon transition and the post-pandemic green recovery,” she said.
Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the BRI has extended from Asia and Europe to Africa, the Americas and Oceania, opening up new space for the world economy with better-than-expected results. More than 150 countries and international organizations have signed BRI cooperation documents with China.