- COP proposals were below what was possible
- Deep divide between automakers and politicians
- New partial lockdowns in several cities
- Foxconn tries to apologize – with money
- EU Council chief Michel meets Xi
- SPD leader Klingbeil defends chancellor’s trip
- Bosch opens research center in Shanghai
- China Perspective: Lesbians and gays in fake marriages
It cannot be said that China has not done anything about climate protection. No other country has invested as much in wind power and solar energy in recent years as the People’s Republic. The overall assessment of China’s role at the COP27, which ended last weekend, is nevertheless sobering. That is because China continues to refuse to pay into the climate aid fund for developing countries – and even as a feared economic superpower still somehow considers itself a developing country. But the debate over China’s status is not over, writes Christiane Kuehl in her analysis. On the contrary: It is in full swing and will likely be back at the top of the agenda at next year’s COP in Dubai.
Things are not looking rosy for the German automotive industry in China either. The more EVs are sold on the world’s largest car market, the smaller the market share of German carmakers is. Volkswagen in particular struggles to keep up with its Chinese EV competitors. A lose-lose situation seems to emerge, according to a study by the Berlin-based China Research Institute Merics, which our author Christian Domke Seidel has taken a closer look at. If German automakers continue to rely heavily on China, they are taking a geopolitical risk. If they cut back their investments in the Middle Kingdom, they risk being left behind by the Chinese competition and Tesla.
Today’s “China Perspective” column looks at a completely different kind of impossible way out. The family and social pressure on lesbians and gays not to be married weighs heavily on them. That is why many of them resort to fake marriages. But this creates other problems. The obvious solution would be same-sex marriage. But under Xi Jinping, China is further away from this than ever.
China’s inglorious role at COP27
Shortly after the start of the conference, Gaston Browne, chairman of the Aosis Group of vulnerable island states, caused the first stir. He demanded that China too should contribute to the financing of climate policy. Coming from a member of the China-dominated G77 group of 134 developing countries, that was quite a statement. Browne had to row back, but the signal was sent (Climate.Table reported). China’s negotiator Xie Zhenhua then quickly clarified that his country would support a mechanism for compensation payments for damage in poor countries – but by no means financially (China.Table reported).
But Xie was unable to put a stop to the debate behind the scenes about whether China, as an ambitious superpower, can continue to avoid any commitments to finance climate aid in the long term. It became one of the central discussions at COP27, which ended Sunday, and the debate over China’s status is not over. It will continue at COP28 in Dubai in November 2023.
Speaking to China.Table on the sidelines of the China Time conference in Hamburg on Wednesday, German negotiator, State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, Jennifer Morgan, called the EU’s sudden push for a climate damage compensation fund for the poorest countries “one of the most important moments of COP.” It was very important that there was “a crack in the wall between developed and developing countries” in Sharm el Sheikh by deciding on a loss and damage fund, said Morgan, who together with Chilean Environment Minister Maisa Rojas acted as “facilitators” to mediate in this difficult area. “That alone made it worth doing.”