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‘Blame China’: EU Parliament’s high-stakes gambit at COP28

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Parliament's delegation at COP28 has taken a critical stance towards China, urging Beijing to stop portraying itself as a developing country
•  This move reflects the EU's efforts to hold China accountable for its role in climate change, given its status as a major global economic power

🔭 The context: This stance by the EU Parliament comes amidst broader discussions on global climate responsibilities, with developed and developing nations grappling over commitments and contributions to mitigating climate change

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The EU's focus on China's climate role is significant, as it underscores the need for major economies, irrespective of their developmental status, to take substantial action against climate change
•  This approach aims to ensure a more balanced global effort in addressing environmental challenges

⏭️ What's next: The EU Parliament's position may influence ongoing negotiations and debates at COP28, potentially shaping future policies and agreements on global climate action
•  The emphasis on China's responsibility could lead to renewed discussions on emissions reduction targets and climate financing

💬 One quote: “They behave like a superpower and in fact, they are a superpower. How does that fit with being treated like Burkina Faso or Tanzania?” (Peter Liese, a German Christian Democrat)

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