‘Big mistake’: Biden confronts China over absence from UN climate summit

President Joe Biden has encountered some backlash from critics who believe he has been too lenient in the face of various threats posed by China’s communist regime.

This week, however, the president publicly chastised China for its absence from a United Nations climate summit that was held recently in Glasgow, Scotland, insisting that the nation made a “big mistake,” as the Washington Examiner reported.

“We’ve had a profound impact”

According to reports, the president’s rebuke came during a press conference on Tuesday as the conference was drawing to a close.

“We showed up, and by showing up we’ve had a profound impact on the way I think the rest of the world is looking at the United States in its leadership role,” Biden declared.

He went on to take issue with Chinese officials who would not commit to curbing greenhouse gas emissions at the same rate as other industrialized nations.

Instead, representatives from China indicated that the country would continue increasing pollution in the short term while claiming that it would ultimately strive for carbon neutrality by 2060.

Of course, Biden’s relatively tough talk on the issue might be frowned upon by climate czar John Kerry, who has suggested that harsh criticism would only make China less likely to cooperate with other nations on climate initiatives.

“His apology does not make any sense”

China expressed criticism of its own over Biden’s behavior, including his apology for former President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accords.

A Chinese state-run news outlet dismissed the president’s rhetoric as essentially meaningless.

“What a ‘noble’ apology, which made Biden seem like he cares about climate change, but also how hypocritical and powerless he is,” the article asserted, according to Breitbart. “His apology does not make any sense, as he has no plan to fulfill his promises and no guarantee to make sure that his commitment won’t be toppled by the next administration.”

For all his political posturing on the topic of climate change, many Americans are left wondering why the U.S. should commit to radical agreements when countries like China refuse to participate. Trump argued that doing so puts America at a disadvantage, which influenced his decision to pull out of the Paris accords.

Furthermore, the Biden administration has been notably less critical of China in the face of more immediate threats — including recent tests involving hypersonic missiles.

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