Biden criticizes Xi Jinping for not attending the COP26 summit, this is what China says

November 03, 2021

 

Jinping dan Joe Biden (NICOLAS ASFOURI, Nicholas Kamm/AFP/File)

BEIJING - China hit back at criticism leveled by the President of the United States (US), Joe Biden, who accused Beijing of not showing leadership after President Xi Jinping did not attend the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

As reported by AFP on Wednesday (11/3/2021), Xi, who leads the largest greenhouse gas emitter responsible for climate change, has not traveled outside China since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and has not joined world leaders. others at the COP26 summit.

On Tuesday (2/11) local time, Biden criticized the leaders of China and Russia for not attending the world conference.

What we need to deal with climate change is real action, not empty words."

"China's actions in responding to climate change are real," Wang said.

In his remarks, Wang mocked the US, saying the country's exit from the Paris Agreement under Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, had undermined global climate governance and implementation of the agreement. Biden apologized for Trump's decision in a speech.

COP26 is seen as essential to the survival of the 2015 Paris Agreement, in which countries pledged to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius, and to keep it within a safe limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

At this week's COP26 summit, nearly 100 countries joined a U.S. and European Union initiative to reduce emissions of methane -- a powerful greenhouse gas -- to 30 percent this decade, with China among the absentees.

Experts say the initiative could have a strong short-term impact on global warming.

"It was a very big problem and they walked away. How do you do that and claim to have leadership?" Biden said referring to China to reporters before flying out of Glasgow.

"It was a huge mistake, to be honest, because China was not present. The whole world looked to China and said: 'What value do they provide?'" he added.

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