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  • China’s President Xi Jinping is set to attend President Biden’s virtual climate change summit, marking the first meeting between the two leaders since Biden assumed the office in January.
  • Xi is among a host of world leaders expected to join the summit, which is scheduled to begin April 22.
  • A spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the Chinese president will deliver a speech.

China’s President Xi Jinping is set to attend President Biden’s virtual climate change summit, marking the first meeting between the two leaders since Biden assumed the office in January. 

Xi is among a host of world leaders expected to join the summit, which is scheduled to begin April 22. A spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the Chinese president will deliver a speech, Reuters reported

Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry met with Chinese officials last week to discuss the ongoing challenges, according to the outlet. The officials committed to take action to reduce carbon emissions “in the 2020s.” The U.S. and China lead the world in carbon emissions.


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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters April 16 that Biden hopes to encourage cooperation and “ensure close coordination with key players in the international community and at the highest levels of government,” during the summit.

“Obviously, the United States is one of the world’s largest emitters, but so are a number of countries who will be represented,” Psaki said.

The summit comes in the wake of a new report from The International Energy Agency that is projecting one of the largest annual rises in carbon emissions as countries begin to open their economies amid the ongoing pandemic, The Guardian reported.

“This is shocking and very disturbing. On the one hand, governments today are saying climate change is their priority,” Fatih Birol, the executive director of the IEA, told The Guardian.

“But on the other hand, we are seeing the second biggest emissions rise in history. It is really disappointing,” Birol added.


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Published on Apr 21, 2021