Letzte Aktualisierung: October 20, 2021

Between coal and climate protection: China ahead of COP26

Shortly before the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow kicks off, the global energy crisis is hitting China particularly hard. The government is ramping up coal-fired power generation following blackouts across the country. At the same time, President Xi is announcing a massive program for solar and wind. How much longer is China able to rely on both – and still reach carbon neutrality by 2060? That will be one of the key questions of the climate conference.

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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