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

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Chinese President Xi Jinping won't address the COP26 U.N. climate talks in person or video, and will send in a note instead.

The leader of the country responsible for almost one third of global greenhouse gas emissions will address the Glasgow conference by written submission, which the U.N. said it would upload on the conference website.

On Monday and Tuesday, world leaders at COP26 will make speeches explaining how they plan to lower their emissions in order to limit global warming.

Xi, who has reportedly not left China since the early days of the pandemic, had participated in this weekend's G20 talks via video link but did not travel to either meeting. At the U.N. General Assembly in September, Xi delivered a prerecorded video statement.

It comes a week after China left Western countries frustrated by submitting a new climate pledge that did not significantly change its plans to grow emissions through this decade.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled out of attending the talks at the last minute, embassy staff in Rome told POLITICO Morning Energy and Climate.

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