China’s Xi to address COP26 climate talks in writing only

Chinese President Xi Jinping will not speak in person or via video on the COP26 UN climate talks, but will instead submit a note.

The head of state of the country, which is responsible for almost a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, will give a written speech at the conference in Glasgow, which the UN will give called it would be uploaded to the conference website.

World leaders will be speaking at COP26 on Monday and Tuesday to explain how they plan to cut emissions to limit global warming.

Xi, who has reportedly not left China since the early days of the pandemic, had video-linked to the G20 talks this weekend but had not traveled to either of the meetings. Xi made a recorded video statement at the UN General Assembly in September.

It comes a week after China left western countries in frustration by telling a new climate pledge that doesn’t materially change its plans to increase emissions this decade.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan withdrew from the talks at the last minute, embassy officials in Rome told POLITICO Morning Energy and Climate.

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