Trade war turns green – China faces pillory

The Eu­ro­pean Union is plan­ning a cli­mate tar­iff. If the US joins in, Chi­na will come un­der pres­sure. In con­trast, Switzer­land has a pi­o­neer­ing role thanks to the CO2 tax.

Don­ald Trump put the trade war on the world’s po­lit­i­cal agen­da. While the mil­i­tant pres­i­dent has been vot­ed out, the con­flict be­tween the US and Chi­na re­mains. In ad­di­tion, an­oth­er front is form­ing, this time from the Eu­ro­peans: The EU plans to pun­ish en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fend­ers with tar­iffs in the fu­ture. This is also a de­c­la­ra­tion of war on Chi­na.

In an ar­ti­cle in the NZZ am Son­ntag, Ralph Ossa stress­es the need for Chi­na to co­op­er­ate in the glob­al fight against cli­mate change. He ad­vo­cates putting pres­sure on Chi­na and get­ting the coun­try with the high­est CO2 emis­sions on board as part of a cli­mate club.

Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Son­ntag, Is­sue 23.5.2021

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