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China’s Xi Says Climate Targets Can’t Compromise Energy Security

  • Emissions policies have constrained supply of key commodities
  • Government takes a safety-first approach to power generation
Xi Jinping delivering a special address at the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session, in Beijing, on Jan. 17.

Xi Jinping delivering a special address at the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session, in Beijing, on Jan. 17.

Photographer: Huang Jingwen/Xinhua/Getty Images

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President Xi Jinping said efforts to achieve China’s climate targets need to work in lockstep with the government’s other objectives, as policy makers seek to balance sometimes conflicting environmental and economic aims.

Xi said the nation’s carbon goals shouldn’t clash with other priorities, which include securing adequate supplies of food, energy and materials “to ensure the normal life of the masses,” according to comments made at a Politburo session reported by the official Xinhua news agency on Tuesday.