December 21, 2020 | Issue 2020-49| Click to Subscribe
President Xi Jinping addresses Climate Ambition Summit
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a series of new commitments of China's nationally determined contributions when he delivered a speech at the Climate Ambition Summit entitled "Building on Past Achievements and Launching a New Journey for Global Climate Actions" via video link. ( Full text )

Three proposals:
  • Close ranks and make new advances in climate governance that features cooperation and win-win. In meeting the climate challenge, no one can be aloof and unilateralism will get us nowhere. China welcomes all countries' support for the Paris Agreement and their greater contribution to tackling climate change.

  • Raise ambition and foster a new architecture of climate governance where every party does its part. Following the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, all countries need to maximize actions in light of their respective national circumstances and capabilities. Developed countries need to scale up support for developing countries in the financing, technology, and capacity building.

  • Boost confidence and pursue a new approach to climate governance that highlights green recovery. It is important to encourage green, low-carbon ways of life and production, and seek development opportunities and impetus from green development.

China's further commitments for 2030:
  • Lower carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by over 65 percent from the 2005 level.
  • Increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 25 percent.
  • Increase the forest stock volume by 6 billion cubic meters from the 2005 level.
  • Bring total installed capacity of wind and solar power to over 1.2 billion kilowatts.
FM Wang Yi calls for rebuilding a strategic framework for sound China-U.S. ties
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi talked about China-U.S. relations in his speech at the Symposium on the International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2020. (Full text)

  • In 2020, the China-U.S. relationship has hit the most critical point since the establishment of diplomatic ties due to anti-China forces that have been slandering and demonizing China, as well as imposing unreasonable sanctions on China out of political biases and self-interest.

  • The complexity of the China-U.S. relationship has gone beyond the bilateral context, it is the wrestling between multilateralism and unilateralism, progression and retrogression, justice, and aggressive power.

  • The two sides should summarize the experience of mutually beneficial cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic ties and meet each other halfway to this end.

  • Communication and dialogue are effective ways to correctly understand each other's strategic intentions, China is ready to open dialogue with the U.S. on an equal footing at all levels and in all fields.

  • Restarting cooperation in a joint fight against the pandemic, and strengthening communication on major issues such as the global economy, climate change, counter-terrorism, and cyber issues, are also important.

  • Mutual trust is the prerequisite for the sound and stable development of bilateral relations, the U.S. side should correct its strategic perception of China, not see China as a threat and view China's development with a positive and constructive attitude.