Cambodian scholar says China is playing leading role in tackling climate change

As the world’s largest developing country with a population of over 1.4 billion, China is playing a leading role in combating climate change, a prominent Cambodian scholar has said.

Neak Chandarith, director of Cambodia’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Research Center, said climate change is a major challenge for the world, threatening human health and livelihoods on the planet. .

“With a high degree of responsibility, China has adopted and implemented a number of policies, measures and actions to combat climate change and has actively participated in global climate governance,” he told Xinhua. .

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“The Chinese government regards environmental protection as a top priority, as environmental protection has been mainstreamed into all the country’s socio-economic development plans,” he said.

Chandarith said China has adopted a number of key laws and regulations on environmental and natural resource protection, and their implementation has been strictly enforced.

He said that to reaffirm its resolute commitment, the Chinese government has officially declared a “war on pollution”, with a national inspection on the implementation of environmental laws and severe penalties for any act of violation of the law.

“Apart from law enforcement, the Chinese government is focusing on education, environmental awareness and encouraging people and the private sector to actively participate in environmental protection,” the official said. searcher.

He said that in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions, China has made efforts to increase its carbon sequestration capacity by implementing tree replanting policies, which have so far replanted nearly 80 billion trees across the country.

“In fact, the reduction of carbon emissions has exerted a strong pressure on socio-economic development, because socio-economic development necessarily requires energy,” Chandarith said. “Despite such pressure, the Chinese government has not changed its goal of reducing its carbon footprint, and it has moved towards greener socio-economic development, focusing on the development and use of new energy sources and modern technologies to reduce pollution.”

He said China is now the world’s largest investor in renewable energy development.

“Apart from domestic efforts, China has actively supported and participated in international environmental protection activities,” the researcher said.

He added that China has actively participated in the climate change talks, pushing for the successful conclusion of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

In addition, he said China actively participates in bilateral cooperation in the field of environmental protection with many countries around the world, especially promoting a win-win global climate governance system.

“So far, China’s efforts to control environmental pollution have achieved remarkable success,” he said. “At present, China has achieved remarkably better environmental conditions, especially air quality.”

“Overall, with strong economic power, advanced technological capability and great responsibility, China has played a leading role in combating global climate change,” he said. Xinhua

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