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US President Joe Biden addresses a press conference at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. AFP

China hits back after Biden remarks

China hit back on November 3 against criticism by US President Joe Biden, who had accused Beijing of not showing leadership after President Xi Jinping skipped the make-or-break COP26 UN summit in Glasgow.

Xi has not travelled outside of China since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and has not joined world leaders for COP26.

Biden on November 2 had launched blistering criticism of the Chinese and Russian leaders for not attending the summit.

“Actions speak louder than words,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded on November 3. “What we need in order to deal with climate change is concrete action rather than empty words.”

“China’s actions in response to climate change are real.”

He also made a jibe at Washington by adding that the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement under Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump had harmed global climate governance and the implementation of the accord.

Biden has apologised for Trump’s decision.

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