China wants to reach the emissions peak “before 2030”. Xi Jinping announced this over two years ago. But neither an exact date nor a target mark for carbon emissions was specified. When it comes to major milestones, the People’s Republic has always set targets that it can definitely achieve – and usually exceeds. Missing growth targets would damage the reputation of the all-dominant Communist Party far more than it would damage the reputation of parties and governments in democratic states. There is much pointing to an earlier carbon peak.
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