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Wang Yi: China Fulfills Commitments with Concrete Deeds Instead of Words


On February 14, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave an exclusive interview to Reuters Global Managing Editor Alessandra Galloni in Berlin, answering questions on whether China is going to increase its emissions reductions goals.

Wang Yi said, China is the world's largest developing country, and our industrialization process is still ongoing. We need to develop faster to make life even better for the Chinese people. At the same time, we do realize that as a major country, we must shoulder our due international responsibilities and obligations. China played a major role in securing the final agreement at the most critical moment of the negotiation. About the Paris Agreement, since we have signed it, we will implement it 100 percent.

Wang Yi noted, China has 1.4 billion people. If we can meet our target in emissions reduction, that in itself would be the biggest contribution to the world and to the development of humanity. In terms of the emission intensity of China's GDP, we have met the target every year ahead of schedule. In terms of new energy vehicles, we have over 50 percent of the world's total. And China has about one third of installed capacity of the world's renewable energy. We are not making big statements, but we are making a big difference with concrete measures. And we are contributing our share to the international response to climate change.

Wang Yi said, we want to seek green, environmentally-friendly and sustainable development and we focus on achieving sustainable and high-quality development. In green economy, China and the European Union (EU) each have our comparative advantages. China is ready to work with the EU to explore mutually beneficial cooperation.

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