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Beijing Unlikely to Live up to Carbon Neutrality Pledge, Experts Say

Fifteen months ago, China publicly pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. However, analysts say the country’s ruling communist regime will unlikely fulfill such a  commitment, based on its industry signs plus its record of breaking international agreements. On Sept. 22, 2020, Chinese leader Xi Jinping addressed via video link the United Nations General Assembly in New York, promising that his country would go carbon neutral within 40 years. Just over six months later, Xi attended a 2-day virtual climate change summit led by the United States. At that April 2021 meeting, he reaffirmed his carbon neutrality commitment, vowing that China would comply with the objectives and principles laid out in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement. However, China is expected to take up more than one-third—the largest portion by country—of the global coal demand growth in 2021, according to Coal 2021: Analysis and Prospect to 2024 released …

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