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Xie: achieve climate targets sooner

China wants to reach its climate targets sooner than planned. This was announced by climate envoy Xie Zhenhua at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The People’s Republic has pledged to peak CO2 emissions by 2030. By 2060, the country wants to achieve carbon neutrality. To date, China has not provided an absolute figure for how high emissions may be by 2030. As part of its climate change efforts, China plans to plant 70 billion trees by 2030, Xie said, according to business portal Caixin. Xie and his US counterpart John Kerry appeared conciliatory at the summit. According to Xie, the two have exchanged views on climate change every eight or nine days since the climate summit in Glasgow last year. According to Kerry, the two sides are making progress in putting together a joint task force to work toward rapidly reducing carbon emissions.

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