China has accepted responsibility for protecting the environment and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, in line with its status as the world's leading developing country. The statement was made by Xie Zhenhua, the Beijing government’s special representative on climate change. China aims to boost its efforts to develop a low-carbon economy and promote a "green" vision for its ambitious One Belt One Road project, the "New Silk Road". Xie Zhenhua made these comments during an interview with the Hong Kong-based newspaper China Daily. Beijing aims to "strike a balance to foster economic growth which is as green as possible," said the Chinese official. Xie then went on to state that the goal of his personal efforts is to encourage further technological exchanges on, and the development of, renewable energy sources between the countries involved in the vast new Silk Road project. "Renewable energy so far is the best way to help the nation create a prosperous low-carbon economy," he pointed out. On October 4, Xie Zhenhua received the Lui Che Woo Prize, which is awarded annually to individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to environmental sustainability and to improving the quality of life. The initiative was launched in 2015 by the property tycoon and casino owner Lui Che Woo.