Trump, who will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, has threatened to withdraw from the landmark Paris agreement and threatened climate change as a Chinese „hoax” and „dear… . Mr. Xi used the lectern to call for multilateral action against climate change, after Trump called the Paris climate accord – with nearly 200 signatories – a unilateral agreement and criticized China as the world`s largest source of CO2 emissions. In 2014, Xi and Barack Obama, then president of the United States, have already reached a surprising agreement on climate change, which has become an important part of the Paris agreement signed in December 2015. „The Paris Agreement on climate change lays the groundwork for the world`s transition to green, low-carbon development. It outlines the minimum steps to be taken to protect the Earth, our common homeland, and all countries must take decisive action to comply with this agreement,” President Xi said in a recorded video message. Todd Stern, a U.S. climate official under the Obama administration who worked in 2014 to mediate a bilateral climate agreement with China, said the announcement was an „encouraging” step. The president says „we have only one country of origin” in a coded warning to Donald Trump not to dismantle the Trump deal, which has removed or reduced hundreds of environmental rules, said the United States has cut its COAL emissions more than any other country in the agreement.
„The Paris Agreement is an important milestone in the history of climate policy. We must ensure that this enterprise does not derail,” said the communist Party leader. China will increase its planned national contributions (to the Paris Agreement) through more aggressive strategies and measures,” Xi said, calling on all countries to pursue a „green recovery of the global economy in the post-COVID era.” „All parties should cooperate to implement the Paris Agreement. China will continue to take steps to combat climate change and fully meet its commitments,” Xi added, according to a transcript published by China`s official Xinhua news agency. Under the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, all countries should maximize measures taking into account their respective national characteristics and capabilities, Xi said. So far, China has said it will reach its emissions by 2030 at the latest, but has avoided a commitment to a long-term goal. Trump called climate change a „hoax” and in 2017 withdrew the United States from the Paris Accords, which defined an international approach to the problem. Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger and former vice president, has put climate change on his list of major crises facing the United States. Xi`s announcement last September that China will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 marks an important new era for China`s geopolitics.