A Chinese official on Friday threatened a warning that if Donald Trump is elected and strips apart the global climate accord from the Paris Agreement, it would hurt the United States’ global standing and diplomatic ties.
This is the second rare comment on a foreign election made by a Chinese official in just one week. Typically, Chinese officials are hesitant to comment or give insight into a foreign election, particularly when it comes to the United States.
“If Trump were to insist on doing things his own way, then he would pay a heavy price both politically and diplomatically,” said Zou Ji, deputy director of the National Centre for Climate Change Strategy, which is a part of China’s state planner. Zou’s statement targets Trump’s plan to rearrange the climate deal produced by over 200 countries last year. “The U.S. would suffer the greatest harm and of course, the rest of the world would also be implicated.”
Zou also reassures that regardless of the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, China will continue to be a “guardian, advocate and strong implementer of the Paris Accord… we are a responsible country and we will do our utmost to ensure the Paris Accord is upheld and implemented.”
With the election being tomorrow on Tuesday, Zou heeds that “the nature of the U.S. presidential election campaign is candidates can say whatever they want, to make voters happy and win votes,” but believes the people of America will make ultimately make the “wise decision.”
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