Wang Xiangwei
Wang Xiangwei

SCMP Columnist

China Briefing by Wang Xiangwei

Xi’s no-show at global summits does not mean China is retreating from the world stage

  • US President Joe Biden said Chinese President Xi Jinping’s failure to attend the G20 and COP26 summits was a ‘big mistake’, but there were practical and political reasons
  • Washington’s climate credibility is in doubt while Xi’s intention to seek a longer term means he could oversee China’s climate promises being translated into actions