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Statement by Chinese President Xi at COP26 Only on Paper

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be physically present at the COP26 climate summit.


He will release a statement, uploaded to the conference’s website after many other world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, delivered their speeches. That’s according to the official schedule for the day.

According to the list of speakers, Xi is the only head of government who will make such a statement. Xi was already not expected in person at COP26. He has not left China since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in 2020.

China is the largest CO2 polluter in the world. Xi says he wants to drastically reduce the use of coal in China, to be climate neutral by 2060. But at the same time, China continues to open dozens of new coal-fired power stations for the time being.

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