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Boris’ success at COP26 will be measured by China’s seat at the table

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20.09.2021

Boris Johnson has made clear his government is pursuing a “balanced” approach with China. Britain will seek to impose stronger safeguards to protect our national security, while maintaining cooperation in a range of areas. Climate change is one of the most prominent issues. China is the world’s largest emitter and as a result, requires focused attention.

As the host of the Cop26 Summit the Government is aware of the weight on its shoulders in not only recalibrating the Western alliance after the turbulent Trump era, but moving things forward in a meaningful way from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement forged in rather different times. By some measures of modern geopolitics, whether or not Britain can convince China to attend the summit will be the test of its success as the host nation.

The past few years since leaders last met in Paris have seen a fundamental shift in both public attitudes and political responsiveness on climate action in major advanced democracies. In the UK, the unusual degree of consistency in messaging around climate action over the past decade has outlasted the dizzying........

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