Nov 20, 2017 Human Rights Comments Off on Taiwan EPA chief calls on China to be open-minded
The head of Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Monday called on the Chinese government not to hinder Taiwan's efforts to join the global fight against climate change.
EPA head Lee Ying-yuan made the appeal at a press conference in Taipei on Monday. That was after he was blocked from attending a major UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, due to pressure from China.
Some 20,000 people attended the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which took place between November 6-17.
At Monday's press conference, Lee told reporters that although he was blocked from attending COP 23, his delegation still managed to hold 31 meetings with Taiwan's allies.
That was how we dealt with it; despite Chinese suppression, we were unyielding. We did all that we could to represent our country in expressing ourselves and participating. We hope our friends in Beijing (can understand) that air quality is something that affects all of us, we all breathe the same air. You don't need to suppress people, you can be more open-minded," said Lee.
Lee said that when it comes to combatting climate change, Taiwan is doing its part. The legislature passed legislation in 2016 pledging to cut the nation's greenhouse gas emissions in half by the year 2050, with intermediate goals between now and then. Lee said that the EPA and other agencies have also presented a full plan of supplementary laws and executive orders to the Cabinet, which would cover energy, agriculture, transportation, housing and manufacturing.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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