China's President Xi Jinping said on September 21 that China would not build new coal-based power projects abroad, in a bid to hold hands with other countries to deal with the climate change.
President Xi made the remarks during a speech at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly via video, which proposed a Global Development Initiative in the face of the impact of COVID-19 and other challenges.
"China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low-carbon energy, and will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad," Xi said in the video.
"This is another remarkable step taken by China on its own initiative to cope with the global climate change, as Xi earlier announced China's pledge to strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060," said Ruan Zongze, executive vice president of the China Institute of International Studies.
The U.S. climate envoy John Kerry quickly hailed Xi's announcement, calling it a "great contribution".
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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