China really does not want Donald Trump to be president.
Xie Zhenhua, the Communist dictatorship’s top climate-change envoy, had harsh words Tuesday for Trump’s professed plan to cancel U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement.
“If they resist this trend, I don’t think they’ll win the support of their people, and their country’s economic and social progress will also be affected.”
“If they resist this trend, I don’t think they’ll win the support of their people, and their country’s economic and social progress will also be affected,” Xie said of a Trump administration during a press conference in Beijing.
To hear a government official from a country famed for its human rights abuses, strict family planning policy, and repression of religious freedom lecture on America’s social progress is hilariously hypocritical.
But Xie was right when he said Trump’s plan to reject the Paris Agreements will affect America’s economic progress — in a good way — and this is precisely what the Chinese government fears.
“Developing” countries like China ultimately win out in climate agreements because they produce more emissions in the first place, so reducing carbon emissions isn’t quite as destructive to their industrial output.
As part of U.S. involvement in the climate deal, Obama announced the United States’ contribution to the Paris pact: a 26 percent to 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025. This might seem tiny compared to the 60 percent to 65 percent China pledged to cut from 2005 levels by 2030, but that’s only if one ignores the two countries’ current carbon outputs. In 2014, China produced 10,540,000 kilotons of carbon emissions, while the US produced only 5,334,000 kilotons.
The simple fact is that breaking free from the shackles of carbon-emissions deals like the Paris Agreement could unleash the full power of the American economy in a way that actually enables it to compete economically with a country like China
“I believe a wise political leader should take policy stances that conform with global trends,” Xie said. In this case, adopting policy stances that conform with global trends on carbon emissions all but guarantee China’s ascendancy to the world’s largest and most important economy.