Chinese President Xi Jinping set to snub UN Climate Conference, COP26
Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the UN climate summit COP26 in person, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been told, The Times newspaper reported.
UK is set to hosts the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, COP26, in Glasgow on Oct 31-Nov 12.
The climate summit is seeking to get big power support for more radical plans to tackle climate change.
“It is now pretty clear that Xi Jinping is not going to turn up and the PM has been told that,” The Times quoted an unidentified British source as saying. “What we don’t know is what stance the Chinese are going to take.”
The Times reported the British organizers fear that Xi Jinping’s decision to snub could be a prelude to China refusing to set new climate change goals amid an energy crunch.
China is among the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter so Xi’s absence from discussions; either in person or via video calls; would be a setback for to hopes of getting world leaders to agree on a significant climate deal.