Charles launches charm offensive on China amid climate warning – 'Time is not on our side'

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Charles launches charm offensive on China amid climate warning – 'Time is not on our side'

The Prince of Wales, 72, met with President Xi Jinping, 68, and several other business leaders yesterday for a remote round-table discussion. Charl

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The Prince of Wales, 72, met with President Xi Jinping, 68, and several other business leaders yesterday for a remote round-table discussion. Charles, who will join world leaders at COP26 in Glasgow next month, was reportedly applauded by business chiefs after he started speaking in Mandarin.

The future King told China he hoped they would join his Sustainable Markets Initiative, which is described as a global “coalition of the willing” that works towards achieving economic growth and prosperity in an environmentally friendly way.

The MailOnline claims Charles said: “China is, of course, critical to our shared future on this planet.

“It is therefore my great hope that, together, we will be able to work towards establishing a China Council as part of my Sustainable Markets Initiative….in order to help accelerate the green economy globally.

“This Initiative aims to help find immense and accelerating solutions to the practical problems posed by climate change, and to scale them up to promote the global cooperation which is critical to achieving a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.

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“I am delighted that we now have an opportunity to engage with you all as representatives of the Chinese private sector.”

Despite his tone, the Prince of Wales has been an outspoken critic of China for many years.

Express.co.uk reported that Charles boycotted President Xi’s state banquet in 2015 to prioritise rest and the Prince even described China’s leaders in 1997 as “appalling old waxworks”.

Despite Charles’ previous comments, experts believe the Firm’s involvement in the upcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow could encourage China to respond to calls to tackle climate change.

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In a study conducted by Ipsos MORI in 2018, around 30 percent of Chinese respondents claimed they had a more favourable perception of the United Kingdom because of the Royal Family.

Bob Ward, from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at the London School of Economics, appeared to echo such findings when he said: “I think if the Royal Family are able to create a strong engagement with the Chinese leadership whilst they are here, that will help.”

During the virtual meeting, Charles appeared to extend his olive branch to Beijing even further when he said: “I know that a deep understanding of nature has underpinned Chinese civilisation, healthcare, craftsmanship and philosophy for thousands of years.

“The world has much to learn from this timeless wisdom, which is one of China’s great gifts to this world of ours.

“China has already done a great deal to advance the green economy… we have much to learn from each other.”

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He went on to tell the COP15 Biodiversity Conference: “Everything we need to survive –the food we eat, the water we drink, the oxygen we breathe – depends on the work of other species and the ecosystems they create.

“Yet we continue blithely to wipe out species.

“We seem intent on testing our unique world to destruction.

“But, as Chinese culture has long understood, our inter-relationship with nature is critical for our own health and that of everything around us.

“When we protect lands and ocean, we in fact protect ourselves.”

“Time, I’m afraid, is not on our side,” he added.

 



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