China says "regrettable" that G20 environment meeting fails to adopt communique

(Xinhua) 13:17, August 02, 2023

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- China said Wednesday that the introduction of geopolitical issues by some countries obstructed the adoption of a communique at the G20 Environment and Climate Ministers' Meeting, calling it regrettable.

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson made the remarks when asked to comment on a relevant query on the G20 Environment and Climate Minister's Meeting which has recently concluded in Chennai, India. Reports by certain Western media claimed that China back-tracked on its position, obstructed the meeting to reach consensus on such key issues as cutting emissions, stopping to use fossil fuels and boosting renewable energy use.

"Relevant reports totally run counter to facts," the spokesperson said, pointing out that the meeting reached the Outcome Document and Chair's Summary and achieved positive and balanced outcomes but failed to adopt a communique due to introduction of geopolitical issues by some countries as an obstruction.

"China finds it regrettable," said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson said that China believes that the G20, as a premier forum for international economic cooperation, shoulders important responsibilities in advancing global sustainable development, coordinating economic development and environmental protection and addressing climate change, and the G20 should be committed to pooling political consensus of countries, fully respecting their different development stages and realities, communicating and sharing best practices and experience, encouraging pragmatic actions and promoting the international community to work in unity and actively respond to climate change so as to jointly boost the global confidence and capabilities in realizing green, low-carbon and sustainable development.

The G20 should, on the basis of fully respecting and following the objective, principles and frameworks set out in the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, provide useful supplement to the UN's main channel negotiation on climate change, make sure no new South-North gap will be created in responding to climate change, and realize a just, green and low-carbon transition worldwide, the spokesperson added.

"China urges developed countries to take seriously their capabilities, responsibility and obligations in climate response, further increase emissions reduction, deliver on their commitment as soon as possible, provide climate funding and technology transfer to developing countries, and stop such acts that affect and undermine global climate response as adopting unilateral measures, decoupling, severing industrial chains and erecting trade barriers," said the spokesperson.

"China is a doer in advancing global climate governance," the spokesperson said, noting that China has published the "1+N" policy framework for implementing carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals, put in place the biggest clean power generation system in the world, contributed a quarter of the world's newly added green areas since 2000, and propelled an economy growing at an average annual rate of 6.2 percent with an average three-percent year-on-year energy consumption growth. China is one of the fastest countries in terms of lowering energy intensity and its installed hydro, wind, and solar capacities all top the world.

In the meanwhile, China has provided support and help to other developing countries to the best of our capability. China has signed 43 South-South cooperation documents on climate response with 38 developing countries, trained some 2,000 officials and professional personnel specializing in climate response from more than 120 developing countries, and made positive contribution to building a fair, reasonable and win-win global climate governance system, the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson pointed out that China has played its role as the President of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, worked to coordinate the interests of all parties, promoted the conclusion of a balanced text, advocated China's vision of harmonious co-existence between man and nature and putting people front and centre, and called for avoidance of unwarranted discrimination or restriction to international trade caused by green economic policies during the consultation on the outcome document of the G20 Environment and Climate Ministers' Meeting.

"China will continue to strengthen policy exchange and practical cooperation on environmental and climate issues with other countries under the G20 and other frameworks to jointly promote green, low carbon and sustainable development around the world," said the spokesperson.

(Web editor: Zhang Kaiwei, Liang Jun)


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