China slams U.S. damage to the global environment governance

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday released two documents on their website disclosing the damage the U.S. has made to the global environment governance, a move following a U.S. statement attacking Beijing on the similar front in September.

The documents, detailing how Washington backpedaled on some global environmental issues, are seen as the latest "counterstrike" Beijing has launched after some of the American officials and politicians slandering on China's efforts environmental protection, according to China's spokesperson Hua Chunying.

"Facts speak louder than words," said Hua, noting the reports published by MOFA are to give out evidence on the poor track record the U.S. has made in its engagement and compliance with multilateral environmental treaties.

The documents including a report and a fact sheet listed how the most advanced developed country withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change, failed to fulfill international obligations.

It also indicted America has refused to be bound by agreements. The report said the U.S. has signed five multilateral environmental treaties including the Kyoto Protocol, the Convention on Biological Diversity, but ratified none of them and has long been an outsider of the multilateral framework.

On the General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly held last month, while the U.S. President Donald Trump spared no efforts in his address blaming Beijing's environmental record, accusing China of dumping "millions and millions of tonnes" of trash into the oceans, polluting the world's air, China, instead, has called for global efforts to launch a green revolution and pledged to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.

"COVID-19 reminds us that humankind should launch a green revolution and move faster to create a green way of development and life," Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an address delivered via video link to the event.

China, once struggling with severe environmental problems such as frequent smog and widespread water pollution, is making progress in green development and contributing to the cause worldwide.

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The country is on track to exceed its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions by 2030 under the Paris agreement thanks to its efforts to cut growth in energy use and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

In 2019, an environmental study by NASA concluded that between 2000 and 2017, China had been responsible for over a quarter of the new green areas created worldwide, making it the world's biggest contributor in this field. 

However, over two-thirds of Americans say they think the U.S. government is not doing enough in three different environmental objectives: reducing the effects of global climate change, protecting air quality and protecting the quality of lakes, rivers and streams, according to a survey published by the non-partisan Pew Research Center in April.

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