Construction workers at the Engro Powergen Thar coal power plant site in Pakistan in 2017, one of several energy projects China was helping the country to build as part of a US$55 billion economic partnership. Photo: Bloomberg Construction workers at the Engro Powergen Thar coal power plant site in Pakistan in 2017, one of several energy projects China was helping the country to build as part of a US$55 billion economic partnership. Photo: Bloomberg
Construction workers at the Engro Powergen Thar coal power plant site in Pakistan in 2017, one of several energy projects China was helping the country to build as part of a US$55 billion economic partnership. Photo: Bloomberg
Xiaojun Wang
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Xiaojun Wang

To be a true climate leader, China should commit to clean energy on the belt and road

  • Beijing’s carbon goals deserve praise, but without cleaning up and decarbonising its overseas energy investment, China will not succeed as a global climate leader
  • It will have many chances this year to display leadership, starting with the Belt and Road Forum in April and the UN Biodiversity Conference in May

Construction workers at the Engro Powergen Thar coal power plant site in Pakistan in 2017, one of several energy projects China was helping the country to build as part of a US$55 billion economic partnership. Photo: Bloomberg Construction workers at the Engro Powergen Thar coal power plant site in Pakistan in 2017, one of several energy projects China was helping the country to build as part of a US$55 billion economic partnership. Photo: Bloomberg
Construction workers at the Engro Powergen Thar coal power plant site in Pakistan in 2017, one of several energy projects China was helping the country to build as part of a US$55 billion economic partnership. Photo: Bloomberg
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Xiaojun Wang

Xiaojun Wang

Xiaojun Wang is executive director of Manila-based People of Asia for Climate Solutions. He worked for almost 20 years in Beijing as a journalist and writer. From 2005 to 2018, Xiaojun led the communications work for environmental and public health organisations, including Greenpeace and Tobacco Free Kids.