The source said the absences would not affect the chances of good progress at the summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping will not personally attend a Rome summit of the Group of 20 Leading Economies, a source said in the Matters close on Tuesday.

China will be represented at the summit by its foreign minister on Saturday and Sunday, while Xi, whose presence has been in doubt for some time, will join the summit remotely, the source said. The Kremlin said last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be in Rome for the summit, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also said they will not come.

The Quelle said the absences would not reduce the chances of good progress at the summit, which will mainly focus on climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic The meeting hopes to be recognized by the G20 leaders of the importance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the source said, and a commitment until “around that Achieve net zero carbon emissions by mid-century “.

The wording on these issues is being closely watched to see if it is stronger than at a meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Naples in July.

At At that meeting, ministers failed to reach a unanimous agreement on setting dates for ending fossil fuel subsidies and phasing out coal-fired power, and the Italian Presidency urged leaders to try to resolve the differences at the Rome summit.

India also distanced itself from the part of the communiqué that emphasized the need to achieve mid-century net zero emissions hen, and suggested looking at emissions on a per capita basis.

The G20, whose countries are responsible for 80% of global CO2 emissions, is seen as an important stepping stone to the next COP26 climate summit of the United Nations Week in Scotland.

The G20 also wants to stress that rich countries should raise $ 100 billion annually to help poorer countries adapt to climate change.

According to an agreement from 2009 to be achieved by 2020, but was not achieved.

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