Due to the sheer scale of China, it is safe to say that if there is to be an effective response to climate change, it will certainly emanate from there.
As the concept of renewable energy becomes increasingly inevitable, it has become clear that those who will dominate these emerging technologies will hold considerable influence in the future.
Indeed, as the new leadership in the US reacts to climate change with scepticism and denial, China is set to boost its power and global influence by becoming the global leader in green and renewable energies.
President of China and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping has emerged as a pioneer on the issue, calling for an “ecological civilisation” amidst the country’s current “green shift” towards energy efficiency. Endowed with the position of “core leader” in 2016, Xi Jinping has spearheaded the country’s movement into a new era – “The Chinese Dream”.
Despite facing international criticism for censorship, state brutality and the cult of personality built around him, Jinping has simultaneously been commended for leading China’s “Energy Revolution”, leading the global transition from fossil fuels towards more sustainable and renewable energies.
While China’s coal consumption continues to decline under the leadership of Jinping, world leaders look towards the country’s “energy revolution” with feelings of both admiration and threat.