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Xi Jinping ‘set to snub’ COP26


LONDON: Chinese President Xi Jinping will snub a crucial climate conference in Scotland, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been told, The Times reported.

Britain, which hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, in Glasgow on Oct 31-Nov 12, is seeking to get big power support for a more radical plan to tackle climate change.

“It is now pretty clear that Xi is not going to turn up and the PM has been told that,” The Times quoted an unidentifi­ed British source as saying. “What we don’t know is what stance the Chinese are going to take.”

The Times reported that British organisers fear Mr Xi’s decision to stay away could be a prelude to China refusing to set new climate change goals amid an energy crunch.

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