Cynicism among opponents is understandable, given the conflicts of interest around environmental protection in China.
If the environment is to be protected then government, institutions, and citizens must all work together.
At the recent meeting of presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, climate change was sidelined in favour of trade and national security discussions.
The Trump Administration is sending a clear message that the future will not look like the past.
As Trump’s rhetoric leaves the world in doubt over what his plan is to tackle climate change, China is being thrust into a leadership role.
China’s EV policy is being driven by an urgent need to cut back on the serious air pollution while at the same time taking a world lead in the fast-expanding global EV market.