Prince Charles is invited to speak with ten of China’s most important business leaders
Prince Charles meets China on a mission to save the planet as he is invited to speak to ten of the country’s most important business leaders
- Prince Charles was told that China would like to join the Sustainable Markets Initiative
- He was praised when he started speaking Mandarin in a virtual discussion
- His aides said there were no plans to go to the country but they did not rule it out in the future
- SMI, with members such as BP, discuss whether to allow China to join
Charles took part in a virtual roundtable discussion after being told that China wanted to join the Sustainable Markets Initiative, a “global coalition of the willing” working to bring economic growth and prosperity in a more green way.
He was praised by executives when he began speaking in Mandarin and was invited to visit the country to discuss the issue further. Aides later said there were no plans to go but they did not rule it out in the future.
SMI, with members such as BP, Bank of America, KPMG and AstraZeneca, is now debating whether to allow China to join.
Roundtable: Prince Charles is pictured having a virtual roundtable discussion after being told that China wants to join the Sustainable Markets Initiative
The prince said: “China, of course, is important to our common future on this planet. So I am very hopeful that, together, we can work towards the establishment of the China Council as part of the Sustainable Markets Initiative… in order to help accelerate the green economy globally. .
This initiative aims to help find massive and rapid solutions to practical problems posed by climate change, and to expand its reach to foster global cooperation necessary to achieve a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren. I am pleased that we now have the opportunity to connect with all of you as representatives of the Chinese private sector.
Although China is known to be one of the world’s most polluting countries, he added: “I know that a deep understanding of nature has supported Chinese civilization, healthcare, craftsmanship and philosophy for thousands of years. The world has to learn a lot from this timeless wisdom, which is one of China’s great gifts to this world of ours.
He continued, “China has already done a lot to advance the green economy… We have a lot to learn from each other.”
Ten of the country’s most important business leaders video. SMI, with members such as BP, Bank of America, KPMG and AstraZeneca, is now debating whether to allow China to join.
Charles boycotted a state banquet marking President Xi Jinping’s visit (pictured above) in 2015, but discussed environmental concerns in a private meeting
Charles has been an outspoken critic of China over the years, especially regarding human rights.
He boycotted a state banquet marking President Xi’s visit in 2015, but discussed environmental concerns in a private meeting.
The prince also delivered the opening speech via video link at the COP15 Biodiversity Conference hosted by China yesterday after he invited the Chinese president again. He called for putting nature “at the heart of our economy”.
He added: “Everything we need to survive – the food we eat, the water we drink, the oxygen we breathe – depends on the work of other species and the ecosystems they create. However, we gladly continue to eradicate species. It seems we are intent on testing our unique world of destruction. .
But, as Chinese culture has long understood, our relationship with nature is critical to our health and the health of everything around us. When we protect lands and oceans, we are actually protecting ourselves. I’m afraid time is not on our side.