A few weeks ago, Washington and Beijing signed a joint statement that ensured they would ratify and respect the decisions taken at the December climate summit in Paris and signed today at United Nations headquarters in New York.
It was a significant step, a kind of “real” agreement after so many promises and strategies that went far beyond the topic. It confirms the will, at least on the Chinese side, to continue on a path that the communist leadership has had in its viewfinder for years. After all, China has accused developed countries of placing too much responsibility on developing countries, without accepting accountability for their own affect in previous years on climate change.
It became impossible for China not to take the issue head on, given the very serious national situation. Chinese cities covered by smog, polluted waterways and the complete absence until recently of environmental regulation of companies has led the country into dire social tension surrounding environmental issues.
On this subject, the local press has long argued that “China is still in its development path. To maintain its growth rate, it will consume more energy. Its energy and industrial model represents a tough challenge ahead for the country. But China will keep its promises, looking at sustainable development of China and the world,” keeping in mind that “China itself is a victim of climate change and has become the country with the largest investments in the world’s energy, using clean energy and recycled energy.”