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Between coal and climate protection: China ahead of COP26

Will Xi Jinping travel to Glasgow or not? Over the weekend, British newspapers reported that the Chinese president will not attend the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in person. But according to Xi’s climate envoy Xie Zhenhua, the decision was still open on Tuesday: “We are still waiting for information from the foreign ministry,” South China Morning Post quoted him as saying. At the very least, however, Xie, an experienced climate diplomat, will travel there in person. This will allow for an informal discussion, which is invaluable at such conferences. Xie stressed that China is working to make the climate conference a success. However, China’s zero-covid strategy stands in the way of a large delegation.

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