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China’s Contradictory Position At COP28

China’s special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua addressed the COP28 UN climate conference in Dubai on November 2, 2023. Image via CGTN.

Keeping track of China’s role at the COP28 climate gathering has been an exercise in sitting with contradiction.

On the one hand, China’s the worst! A study released this week showed that Chinese and Indian emissions pushed dangerous heat-trapping emissions 1.1% higher than last year. If China and India were excluded, global emissions would actually have dropped. Considering that the point of COP28 is to cut emissions by 43% by 2030, that’s…not good.

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