The Guardian, 18 Oct 2017 – excerpt from Xi Jinping’s long speech on China’s Future
As part of making China great, Xi spent a lot of time tackling environmental issues. He pledge to build a “beautiful China” with a clean environment, high tech companies and responsive government.
The Communist party need to “meet people’s ever-growing demands for a beautiful environment”, Xi said. “Chinese people will enjoy greater happiness and well-being.”
He acknowledged that happiness was more than just material goods, long believed the key to winning the loyalty of the masses, and said the party would fix the toxic levels of air, water and soil pollution that have plagued China for years.
Tess Riley, Huffington Post, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Climate Change Remarks Sure Seem To Be Aimed At Trump
While Trump continues to unravel climate legislation, Chinese President Xi Jinping is “promoting his own country as a climate change leader”, the Huffington Post reports. At the opening of the Communist Party congress, Xi commented that China has taken a “driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change”. “No country alone can address the many challenges facing mankind. No country can afford to retreat into self-isolation”, he continued. “Only by observing the laws of nature can mankind avoid costly blunders in its exploitation. Any harm we inflict on nature will eventually return to haunt us. This is a reality we have to face.”
In contrast to the US, China has re-emphasized its commitment to tackling climate change with a pledge to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($380 billion) in renewable power generation by 2020, the Huffington Post writes.
Bloomberg also covered Xi’s speech, noting that “environment”, was mentioned more that the word “economy“.