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Climate Change

Daniel Yergin: China has strategic calculation on zero emissions

Beijing's concerns are climate change, urban pollution and rising oil imports

Daniel Yergin, pictured in 2018. He says China's climate push is backed by a desire to maintain its edge in the global market for electric vehicles and reducing its oil imports.

DUBAI -- As tensions grow between the U.S. and China, energy expert Daniel Yergin told Nikkei in an online interview that China's decision to aim for net zero emissions by 2060 was not purely about tackling pollution or climate change, but rather a more strategic calculation to advance its global presence.

He said these decisions were linked to a strategy to enhance its electric vehicle industry and an intention to reduce oil imports.

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