UK's COP26 chief says ball in China's court on making it a success

by Reuters
Sunday, 19 September 2021 07:56 GMT

Britain's Alok Sharma, president of this year's United Nations COP26 walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

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Alok Sharma says he had had "constructive and very frank discussions" during a visit to China earlier this month

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The ball is in China's court when it comes to making the United Nations COP26 climate change conference in November a success, Britain's Alok Sharma, the summit's president, said on Sunday.

Sharma, who said he had had "constructive and very frank discussions" during a visit to China earlier this month, said China's President Xi Jinping had not yet confirmed whether he would attend the summit.

"In every conversation I had with the Chinese they were very clear that they want to see COP26 as a success so the ball is very much in their court," Sharma told Sky News. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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