"China CO2 Emission Targets At Risk From U.S. Trade War - Official"

"BEIJING/SHANGHAI - China’s greenhouse gas emission targets are at risk as a result of the trade war with the United States, which has put Beijing’s coal-reliant economy under heavy pressure, a senior climate official said on Friday.

“External elements, such as the Sino-U.S. trade war, have brought negative impacts and increasing uncertainties to the global economy, which has also made it more difficult for China to tackle climate change,” Li Gao, head of the climate change office at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told reporters on the sidelines of a news conference at the ministry’s headquarters in Beijing.

“We have confidence to meet the (carbon emissions) commitment but a very optimistic expectation would not fit China’s actual situation and the external elements it faces,” he told reporters after his briefing."

Muyu Xu and David Stanway report for Reuters August 30, 2019.

Source: Reuters, 08/30/2019