China’s leader to address Cop26 by video link, Beijing says

China’s leader to address Cop26 by video link, Beijing says
The announcement ends speculation over Xi’s presence at the crucial climate summit

中国の大統領 習近平 will participate in the 国連 climate talks via video link.

The country’s foreign ministry confirmed Mr Xi’s attendance on Friday, ending speculation over his presence at the crucial summit. Mr Xi will similarly participate in the Group of 20 (G20) leaders’ summit in Rome before the 26th Conference of Parties (Cop26) サミット, which will begin this Sunday.

Cop26 will have leaders or representatives of 197 countries assembling in グラスゴー, in what is believed to be the most important summit after the Paris gathering of 2015.

米国大統領 ジョー・バイデン, Indian prime minister ナレンドラ・モディ and several others have already reached Europe to attend the summit in Rome first, after which they will arrive at Glasgow for Cop26.

There has been a lot of speculation over whether Mr Xi would attend the crucial summit, especially as he has not attended any international summit outside 中国 since the onset of the pandemic.

Mr Xi’s presence at the summit is relevant as China is said to be the world’s largest carbon emitter. The negotiations at the summit will aim to push for more stringent rules from every country to rein in climate change.

His absence would have meant China did not intend to make any more pledges to reduce the impact of climate change. The country is also the world’s largest producer and consumer of fossil fuel and recently saw a push for more production amid an ongoing energy crisis.

Earlier on Thursday, 中国 formally submitted its climate goals, pledging to attain carbon neutrality — a state of balancing out emissions by absorbing as much carbon as the country produces — by 2060.

The document, しかしながら, only included targets previously announced by Mr Xi, but set no additional goals.


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