The newspaper, China Daily, which is owned by the ruling Communist Party, sought to attack Thunberg after she urged China to do more to reduce its emissions and address climate change. The article labelled Thunberg an “environmental princess” and mocked her for her weight. “Although she claims to be vegetarian, judging from the results of her growth, her carbon emissions are actually not low,” wrote Tang Ge.
The article continued by accusing Thunberg of “double standards” as she called out China, despite the fact that “the lifestyle that pollutes the earth the most is European and American life.” It claims Thunberg “suddenly woke up on May 7 and began to criticise China for polluting the environment” after she Tweeted a report that found China’s annual emissions were greater than those of all developed nations combined in 2019. While Thunberg acknowledged China was a developing nation under World Trade Organisation terms, she said it was “no excuse for ruining future and present living conditions.” She added, “We can’t solve the climate crisis unless China drastically changes course.”