(RightIsRight.co) – President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to join him in a virtual summit on climate change this week. While presidents and prime ministers joined the conference from all over the world, one last-minute addition was Chinese President Xi Jinping. While he was welcomed to the meeting, President Biden refused to confront the world’s leader on pollution about their carbon emissions.
Tensions Between China and the US Rise
The US-China relationship has been a little rocky over the past few months, with the Communist nation often pushing the United States to back away from its involvement in global politics. But, even with this tension, on Tuesday, April 20, President Xi Jinping arrived at the virtual summit and commended Biden for the “in-depth exchange of views” on climate change.
While China committed to carbon neutrality by 2060, multiple Conservatives called the nation out for its inability to keep promises and commitments. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed China, saying they have “no intention of honoring” its statement, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) highlighted that China will always put money and profits over environmental regulation.
Biden Fails to Call China Out on Its Hypocrisy and Carbon Emissions
China has been a leader in carbon emissions for years, and a new study, published on Wednesday, April 21 by Harvard and Boston University shows they may be underreporting their pollution levels as well. Even with this information, Biden chose not to use the virtual summit to hold China accountable for its actions.
Instead, Biden spoke about the “moral” and “economic imperative” to address climate change around the world. While the president remained mostly neutral, both Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin made slightly veiled swipes at the US during.
Does Biden Have What it Takes to Stand Up to China?
The Biden Administration has brought the US-China relationship to its lowest point in years. While our president chose not to confront China this time, hopefully, the world leader has what it takes to confront Xi Jinping on his nation’s pollution. If he doesn’t, it’s likely the rest of the world will be heavily regulated into being “green” while China charges ahead, boosting its economy with fossil fuel exports and production.
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