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Climate and energy in China’s 14th Five Year Plan – the signals so far

(China Dialogue, 26 Nov 2020) Drafting of the 14th Five Year Plan for development is at a crucial stage. What climate and energy targets are worth watching?

In the coming months, China’s central government will formulate, discuss and ultimately publish goals to direct the country’s social and economic development for the next five years and beyond.

Key to the start of this process was the Fifth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, held in Beijing in late October.

The meeting was attended by over 360 top party leaders and provided guidance for the 14th Five Year Plan period, 2021-2025. It will be a reference point for the government as it drafts the actual plan. On this occasion, the meeting also provided guidance for a long-term vision for 2035, when the state has set the key deadline to “basically achieve socialist modernisation”.

The Fifth Plenum issued a guide to action with a long title – Proposals for Formulating the 14th Five Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035 (hereafter “the Proposals”).

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China Dialogue, 26 Nov 2020: Climate and energy in China’s 14th Five Year Plan – the signals so far