China is pushing back against new European Commission carbon curbs, ordering domestic airlines to refuse to pay the carbon emissions charges levied on landing in European Union member countries.
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The world's largest producer of carbon emissions has fought longstanding battles against worldwide emissions targets and caps, and is now labeling the EU tax unreasonable. State-run media have taken up the cause, saying the tax penalizes developing countries, a bloc where China has worked hard to tag itself the leader.
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"In this way the underdevelopment and disadvantage of developing countries, which have been caused, to certain extent, by some European countries' colonization, is feeding the greediness of their former colonizers," the state-run China Daily newspaper said in an editorial on Tuesday about the EU carbon tax. "We must fight against it."
The newspaper said Chinese airlines estimate the tax would force them to raise prices by about $48 per passenger ticket.
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