As global concern about climate change and rising carbon dioxide emissions grows, China – the developing world’s biggest polluter – is sending confusing signals about its willingness to clean up energy production and tackle
environmental pollution. China, which accounts for 12% of global carbon-dioxide emissions, was among some 141 countries that had ratified the UN Kyoto Protocol on global warming when it took effect in February last year. The
move enabled Beijing to paint itself as a while condemning the United States, which has withdrawn from the treaty, as “irresponsible”.