Experts Say Beijing Unlikely to Live Up to Carbon Neutrality Pledge


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News Snapshot: 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...