China was widely portrayed as a villain at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), held recently in the UK.

President Xi Jinping did not attend the Glasgow conference, but it was not widely reported that his request to deliver a video address was denied by the organisers. China was represented by the country’s climate change czar Xie Zhenhua.

Much to the surprise of observers, he negotiated an outstanding agreement with the US announced in the final days of the conference. Many news outlets portrayed this as a US initiative, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

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