Xi Jinping will participate in the virtual conference on climate change organized by Joe Biden.

source: theguardian.com

Xi Jinping will participate in the virtual conference on climate change organized by Joe Biden.

The leader of the Chinese regime will deliver a speech at this summit of leaders made up of 40 leaders from around the world who will meet to discuss the effects of global warming.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will participate on Thursday and Friday of this week in the virtual conference organized by the United States on climate change. The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Xi will deliver an "important speech" during this leaders' summit - in which some 40 leaders from around the world will participate - at the invitation of Biden, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement, without giving further details.

As reported this week by The Washington Post, Biden will commit to cutting the United States' greenhouse gas emissions by at least half by 2030, almost double the initial goal that his country assumed under the Paris Agreement.

This commitment would be below the one assumed by the European Union (EU), which has increased its emission reduction target for 2030 to 55% and will seek carbon neutrality by 2050; and also that of the United Kingdom, which has announced a 78% cut by 2035.

However, the rest of the most polluting countries, such as Russia, India, and China, have not committed to specific percentages, although Beijing has affirmed that it will reach its carbon cap before 2030 and reach neutrality by 2060.

The White House special envoy for climate change, John Kerry, and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, pledged last Sunday in Shanghai to "improve their respective actions" and "cooperate in multilateral processes" to combat the climate crisis. Which "must be addressed seriously and urgently."

Both sides expressed confidence that the Virtual Summit, to be held in Glasgow between November 1 and 12, would enhance the global climate ambitions to reduce, adopt and support the COP-26 route.

Although Kerry's visit focused on the fight against climate change, it represented a new public contact between the two superpowers since last March. High representatives of the two countries met in Alaska in a tense atmosphere and cross accusations.