President of China, Xi Jinping arrives in London, 19 October 2015. By Foreign and Commonwealth Office (China State Visit) [CC BY 2.0 or OGL], via Wikimedia Commons

Chinese President: COP26 a “wake-up call … to mankind”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Australian newspaper has praised President Xi Jinping, though the reporter admits China’s policy of churning out coal plants and mining coal as quickly as possible is undermining China’s credibility as a climate champion.

Climate change is a wake-up call, says Xi Jinping


Chinese President Xi Jinping has called climate change a “wake-up call … to mankind” in a speech ­delivered less than a week before the COP26 talks begin in Glasgow.

The declaration came as China’s delegation for the high- stakes summit received final ­instructions before flying to London on Tuesday and as Beijing’s official mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, called the policy to achieve a carbon peak a “major strategic ­decision”.

“Climate change is a wake-up call from nature to mankind,” Mr Xi said on Monday in a speech marking 50 years since China joined the UN.

Beijing is attempting to shore up the climate change credentials of its supreme leader ahead of the summit at which the world’s biggest emitter is under pressure to increase the size and hasten the pace of its carbon cuts.

China’s leader will not physically attend the UN-backed talks in Glasgow, which run for a fortnight from Sunday.

Many are sceptical about ­Beijing’s claims of climate leadership. China accounts for 28 per cent of global emissions and has continued to build new coal-fired power stations despite Mr Xi’s rhetoric.

Within China, Mr Xi’s environmental credentials are being loudly championed.

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What can I say – I guess if you are the Emperor of China, you can build as much coal power as you want, and still be a green hero.

Update (EW): From The Guardian, October 8th 2021 – China orders coalmines to raise production to address power crunch

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alastair gray
October 25, 2021 2:09 pm

I am sure that deeep down Mr Xi agrees with me – see link
Of course following Sun Tzu and the art of war
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

M Courtney
Reply to  alastair gray
October 25, 2021 2:59 pm

They are consistent. China has always agreed that Climate Change is important and urgent and that the West must do something about it, now!
And also that China must do something about it, later.
It’s not simply true but strategically it’s sagacious.

Smart Rock
Reply to  alastair gray
October 25, 2021 3:25 pm

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake” is usually attributed to Napoleon, who was doing quite well until he started making mistakes of his own. Trying to conquer the world is a very tricky business, Mr. Xi, even though you appear to be doing a good job thus far.

Reply to  Smart Rock
October 26, 2021 2:19 pm

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

They have their inside man on the intel. committee and their stooge in the WH. They can now just sit back and watch as US appoints transgender admirals, purges its armed forces of all patriots and refuses to enforce its own borders.

Damned clever , those Chinese.

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Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  alastair gray
October 25, 2021 4:36 pm

It’s ok, though. That brilliant and never-wrong climate scientist David Attenborough has told us that it will be too late to do anything unless we act now.

Since nobody will act (except in the thespian sense), least of all the carbon-spewing Attenborough, it’s too late. We can all relax.

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Richard Page
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
October 25, 2021 6:34 pm

“Do as I say, not as I do.” Why should any of us do anything when those telling us what to do aren’t following the same rules? If this actually was a real crisis, you’d rather hope the ones standing up at the front might lead by example, not the absolute reverse.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
October 26, 2021 2:03 pm

Once we get from the eternal threats that “it will soon be too late” to “it is now too late”, we can stop pretending that we can control climate and get our resources around adaptation and resilience which will have some benefit.

Ed Hanley
October 25, 2021 2:10 pm

Xi Jinping has learned from his American lackey, Chiao Baiden, that if you are going to lie, lie big, and lie often.

Reply to  Ed Hanley
October 25, 2021 2:49 pm

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited,their intelligence is small ,but their power of forgetting is enormous ”
Adolf H!tler

“The great masses of the people will more easily fall to a great lie than to a small one ”
same guy

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda one can make people see heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise”

Reply to  Ed Hanley
October 25, 2021 4:28 pm

F Xi and F Joe Biden

Reply to  Derg
October 25, 2021 7:35 pm

“Let’s go Brandon and Funky Z”

Reply to  Ed Hanley
October 26, 2021 3:55 am

I suspect that the learning goes the other way.

Just a thought, why is Xi Jinping not going to Glasgow (apart from the obvious matter of taste)? Could it be that he dares not leave the country for fear of a coup while he’s away? Stranger things have happened.

Reply to  Disputin
October 26, 2021 2:07 pm

1, He would not feel safe in a western country.

  1. He has more serious things to take care of.
  2. Why does WP keep pissing around with what I type when I try to make a number list ???
October 25, 2021 2:21 pm

The bigot, you say. And ulterior motives with “benefits”. How forward-thinking.

That said, there is no mystery… #HateLovesAbortion

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  n.n
October 25, 2021 4:15 pm

Do what?

Richard Page
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
October 25, 2021 6:36 pm

No idea. Do you think he knows what site he’s posting these on?

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Richard Page
October 26, 2021 4:38 am

I think he believes typing “cryptic” messages makes him look clever. Someone needs to tell him it doesn’t.

Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
October 26, 2021 2:12 pm

It’s either some subtle, esoteric masonic writing full of unseen wisdom, or a pile of crap from someone who cannot even construct a simple sentence. It’s hard to tell which, really.

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Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Greg
October 26, 2021 2:17 pm

I strongly believe it’s the latter.

October 25, 2021 2:25 pm

Xi Jinping is lying to the world? Ya don’t say. Next somebody will be telling me water is wet.

Thomas Gasloli
October 25, 2021 2:26 pm

Not surprising that the COVID thugs of Australian media love Xi. They would clearly like his style of government followed in Australia.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
October 25, 2021 4:03 pm

The interesting thing is that the covid vax is not compulsory in China and Russia. I have friends in China who work side by side with the unvaxxed and there is no problem or coercion.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 25, 2021 5:19 pm

Russia is corrupt. When dealing with Government agencies you can’t be sure if you are dealing with the mafia. It’s highly unstable and needs a strong man in charge.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 26, 2021 4:04 am

I think you are talking about Putin firing Sub-prime Finance minister of 11 years, darling of London. Kudrin even called for a Global Maastricht, definitely a beach too far…

Reply to  bonbon
October 26, 2021 1:16 pm

you talk bollox

Kudrin is still an important advisor to the present Russian government and highly respected, as he is usually right.

October 25, 2021 2:27 pm

Typical China rhetoric saying what the world wants to hear, not what it will do. One Western trait well taken advantage of by China is virtue signaling. It will continue doing what it pleases.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  markl
October 25, 2021 5:29 pm

The only ones that believe the Chinese Govt are naive politicians, academics & liberal media

Tom Abbott
Reply to  markl
October 25, 2021 8:05 pm

Yes, Xi says to the West: Keep on ruining your economies trying to corral CO2. Xi will pick up the pieces.

October 25, 2021 2:35 pm

It’s over.
It will come as a surprise how suddenly the entire climate bandwagon with its monstrous machinery, a nightmare circus 🤡, will simply vanish without trace. Like waking from a weird and slightly disturbing dream – and quickly forgetting the dream itself.

The measurements are in – showing that in the year 2020 of global lockdown, CO2 emission did not only fail to show the tiniest slow-down, the tiniest trace of the apparently huge reduction in transport and industrial emissions. It even rose to a record high.

This fact – which the media have not held back from publicising, is a stake through the heart of the “rough beast, its hour come round at last, (that) slouches towards Bethlehem to be born.” It’s hour has come and gone. The falcon spirals back closer in and returns to the arm of the falconer. Things stop falling apart, the center might hold after all.

It will take some time for this portentous fact to be digested and absorbed – but not too much time. The huge changes to lifestyle, the silencing of daily rush hour traffic and the stilling of many wheels of machinery. All the unprecedented painful stoppage of our energy fuelled lives in the move, the months on end not using the car, just looking through those home windows from the inside, the odd walk in the park. A stop to airliners, ferries, trains. All for absolutely and precisely nothing!? No tiniest trace of a dent in growth of atmospheric CO2?

The climate bandwagon is – to mix metaphors horribly – a headless chicken. Already the signs are multiplying that COP26, the upcoming climate jamboree in Glasgow U.K., will be a fiasco and a damp squib. Leader after leader are declining the invitation. Funding pledges are sliding into the future and evaporating. This is just the start.

Snow ❄️ will likely give a dusting to COP26 in Glasgow as yet another winter of unstable Arctic jet stream and polar vortex wheels around icy air from the Arctic, Scandinavia and the east to the U.K. and Western Europe. Surveying this scene delegates will struggle to remind themselves what they are doing there.

If the global pandemic made not the smallest dent in CO2 emissions, people will realise that nothing short of a global disaster movie scenario, a Mad Max or I am Legend or Children of Men, or dozens of shoddy dystopian end-of-world movies, with decimation of the world’s population, will have a chance to make a measurable impact on the rate of rise of CO2. Let alone make it fall. And inexorably, people will ask themselves – are we really willing to pay that price to prevent CO2 from boosting plant growth and – maybe – slightly warming a glacial climate? Destroy the human race to save it? I don’t think so.

Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
October 25, 2021 2:53 pm

“how suddenly the entire climate bandwagon with its monstrous machinery, a nightmare circus, will simply vanish without trace.”

One can only hope. Never underestimate the fascist will power and willingness to lie and destroy peoples lives.

But I do see some difficult scenarios for the alarmists.

Suppose massive cuts in fossil fuels are actually implemented. Suppose the CO2 does not decline? How will they justify all the hardships and suffering if the Keeling curve is not bent down? They will say to wait, be patient as gia takes time to fix itself. Or will they fake the data?

Suppose the Keeling curve changes slope, bending downward. What if the temperature continues to rise as before? How will they justify all the hardships and suffering? Or will they fake the data?

And what if climate gets very cold (which might happen anyway)? How will they justify the deaths in the cold as energy poverty darkens our country?

david P
Reply to  a_scientist
October 25, 2021 3:27 pm

“Or will they fake the data” Adjusting the CO2 levels shouldn’t be much of a problem for climate warriors!

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
October 25, 2021 4:38 pm

My generation (I was born in1973) were led to believe that the Cold War would end in one giant nuclear holocaust. We were taught to live in fear.
And what happened? The Soviet system that had dominated Europe for half a century just fizzled out. The Berlin Wall suddenly came down and the USSR faded away. We were shocked by the anticlimax.
And so I think it will be with CAGW – it will just fizzle away:
When the globe fails to burn to a crisp and the public realises CAGW was a scam, you’d hope that there would be various people (Mike Mann et al) put on trial and thrown in jail. But I don’t believe this will happen. Instead, Mike Mann and his cronies will slink away into the night, the public will shrug their shoulders, and the politicians and crony capitalists will move on to the next scam.

Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
October 25, 2021 7:50 pm

Wishful thinking Hatter….powerful people are addicted to the aphrodisiac of power, money, career advancement and societal accolades that are bestowed upon them by espousing “Climate Crisis”, “12 years till thermageddon” and the like….unelected officials in high places routinely use CC to empower themselves. If you think it will all just ‘go away”, you are making the climate liars’ lives easier.

Think of intelligent comebacks for these clowns. “Isn’t it cooler now than it was nearly a century ago in the 1930’s ?”…”Weren’t sea levels 6 meters higher during the Holocene high stand only a few thousand years ago ?”….”Aren’t retreating glaciers uncovering artifacts from earlier warmer times ?”. “Actually 5 times the area of wildfires occurred annually in the 1930’s compared to today”….
Fight hard, fight from a position of truth, force others to check what you are saying, stay calm when debating fools.

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Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
October 26, 2021 2:22 am

Surveying this scene delegates will struggle to remind themselves what they are doing there.”

They know why they are there, and it has nothing to do with the climate.

John Bell
October 25, 2021 2:51 pm

The oceans hold 50 times as much C02 as the atmosphere, I read that.

October 25, 2021 2:54 pm

We will cancel 10 planned coal power plants and reopen 30 more plus 200 reopened coal mines.


October 25, 2021 2:55 pm

We will make Taiwan zero carbon sooner than you think.

Gunga Din
October 25, 2021 2:59 pm

He want’s COP26 to succeed.
He wants “The West” to cut their own throats.
That would be in the best interest of Red China.

Dennis G Sandberg
Reply to  Gunga Din
October 25, 2021 5:28 pm

He simply wants the West to keep saving the planet by continuing to (foolishly) buy made in China solar panels. He has to provide the energy intensive products every modern society requires; now that the West is more interested in virtue signaling than jobs, tax base and profits. He told us, earlier this year, that wind and solar are unreliable and that for now coal is required. “We have no choice”. He’s given himself an exemption, and he has every right plus the economic might to do so. Meanwhile, we can wave our made in China virtue signaling flags.

Zig Zag Wanderer
October 25, 2021 3:02 pm

The Australian newspaper has praised President Xi Jinping

I didn’t read it like that at all. It seems to be purely ‘factual’ reporting, you know, like the old days that only Pepperidge Farm remembers.

It was pretty obvious to me that the author was gently sneering at Xi and the various Chinese spokesmen for claiming to be saviours while being the biggest emitters of CO2. Perhaps I read it incorrectly?

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Mike Smith
Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 25, 2021 5:53 pm

I think it depends on what weight you assign to words versus actions.

In the case of Xi, the words and actions seem a tad incongruent.

October 25, 2021 3:22 pm

If only COP26 would become a wake-up call to mankind, people could begin to notice the enormous amount of wool that is being pulled over their eyes in the name of Climate.

October 25, 2021 3:46 pm

As a developing country, how do they get from the UN climate finance fund?

Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 25, 2021 8:11 pm

It’s usually called loansharking

Reply to  LdB
October 26, 2021 1:20 pm

Montenegro being the perfect example of PRC loans with horns on.

Shoki Kaneda
October 25, 2021 3:47 pm

My grandmother told me to listen politely when people speak, but watch closely what they do.

Captain Climate
October 25, 2021 4:35 pm

And the gullibility award goes to….

October 25, 2021 5:50 pm

Communists play the dirtiest games possible while promoting their reputation as after WWII claiming they were liberators while enslaving the countries population. They very much disliked being called the evil empire because it was true.

He is a champion of climate change and will do as much as possible to contribute by selling wind mills and solar panels while building China with coal powered energy. And he is applauded for his words.

Jørgen F.
October 25, 2021 6:47 pm

…After Covid Chinas leaders know they can do and say whatever they want – no western politician dares to tell the truth about China to the masses. Even if the technology behind Covid is explained in a Bond movie – it just gets postponed …
A war against China is too risky – heck we can’t even win over the Afghan peasant fighters – so we are in reality already slaves of the chinese regime.
This year we only get presents from Santa when all the people in China have gotten theirs – and we will be sitting in our cold unheated houses while we wait for the gifts to be sailed to a harbour with lorry drivers – next year ??

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Jørgen F.
October 25, 2021 8:12 pm

“heck we can’t even win over the Afghan peasant fighters”

You are describing American politicians, not the American military.

The U.S. military *can* win over Afghan peasants or anyone else, if ordered to do so. The U.S. military can’t help it if the American Democrats run away like scared little babies every time a fight pops up.

Jørgen F.
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 25, 2021 8:26 pm

I agree! And we, the west, are about to position ourselves in the same looser role when it comes to Taiwan. A lot of initial insurance about help – but with no real commitment/intention to follow through when the going gets… One can only hope that the taiwanese people know that.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Jørgen F.
October 26, 2021 5:35 am

There are several current pertinent rumors about Taiwan:

That U.S. Special Forces are currently in Taiwan training the Taiwanese military in U.S. tactics.

That Taiwan has a number of neutron bombs in its inventory.

I have no idea what Biden would do if the Chicoms attacked Taiwan. I assume he will cut and run like he has done every time he gets in such a situation, such as South Vietnam, and Iraq and Afghanistan. Biden was involved in running away from all those committments, which literally has ruined, and will ruin, the lives of millions of innocent people. Biden is a walking disaster for humanity.

I imagine that Xi will postpone his invasion of Taiwan until after the Chicom Olympic Games.

The world should boycott the Chicom Olympic Games as a rebuke for the Chicoms turning the Wuhan virus loose on the world, and for the Chicom’s continuing human rights abuses, and cultural genocide, around the world.

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Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 26, 2021 10:05 am

Xi might want to copy Putin. The invasion of the Crimea was right after the closing of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia showed the world they were civilized, so no need to worry.

October 25, 2021 7:28 pm

I guess all that matters as far as being popular to the greens is really just being a communist windbag. What actually happens to the environment doesn’t really matter.

October 25, 2021 7:46 pm

We want to save the planet and our factories are preparing to increase production of wind turbine and solar components using electricity from the hundreds of new coal fired power stations our nation is constructing.

October 25, 2021 7:51 pm

Pres. Xi, I don’t think you know what “wake-up call” means.

If COP26 becomes a wake-up call, a sign or proof of something, it will be as a wake up call to government stupidity, corruption and contempt for the plight of the middle and poorer classes.

Stephen Skinner
October 26, 2021 12:42 am

President Xi is playing the world like puppets. He has managed to get most countries to become top down centrally controlled so that they can ‘control’ a virus which was made more scary with the curated TV footage that came out of China of ‘dead’ bodies, people in full PPE, people being dragged out of their houses and lockdowns, while telling everyone that this is the only way to do it. Of course frightened people then demanded that their own governments do the same and lock themselves down with draconian rules, because that is what the Chinese did, and they said it worked, and the UN said it worked, and Bill Gates says everyone must be vaccinated, and a Chinese doctor says natural immunity won’t work because it’s unscientific and inhuman.
China will build a further 200 coal fired power stations on top of the 1000+ that it has, and this may increase further because of recent blackouts. They produce most of the worlds goods and most of the world’s steal. They know that western populations have become passive sentimental consumers and respond easily to strong imagery, especially climate change which is a favourite of western sentimentalists.
For context, China is where the Tiananmen Square Massacre took place, the annexation of Tibet and the ongoing persecution of the Uyghurs.

very old white guy
October 26, 2021 4:03 am

It should ne a wake up call to mankind that the governments are trying to kill us.

October 26, 2021 4:05 am

He is absolutely right! People have to wake up to these anti-human leftarded scumbags. It is piano wire time.

October 26, 2021 4:44 am

In contrast to the lazy decadent jingoistic China-bashing rampantly on display here, a surprisingly insightful article at Revolver News :
Chinese President Xi’s “Secret Philosopher” Analyzed America And His Findings Could Reverse Our Country’s Decline
Refers to an article at Palladium :
The book America against America from 1991 by ¨grey eminence¨ Wang Huning who just happens to be Xi’s main ideas strategist. According to Revolver only Wokeness was not anticipated then, and China is dealing now with that.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  bonbon
October 26, 2021 5:42 am

The main lesson America needs to learn is to never allow socialism or authoritarianism to take over the nation.

We are fighting that fight now.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 26, 2021 5:57 am

America against America shows much more attention to hard work, than the usual soundbite….

Reply to  bonbon
October 26, 2021 7:05 am

Those articles are some of the funniest reads I have had in a while, I really loved this quote

“In fact, there appears to be a serious intention on the part of Chinese authorities to create a more balanced, healthy, and happier nation.”

Was that before or after the secret police rounded you up for the re-education camp. I am sure the Uyghurs, Falun Gong and those in Hong Kong and Prison Camps have never been so happy and balanced.

That is about the most unhinged pile of drivel which just completely ignores the very nature of China and it’s own problems. It is like a black satire because what is being described is so detached from the reality it’s actually funny.

What I really want to see next from this author is “Beirut as a cheap fun family holiday destination for you and the kids”.

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  LdB
October 27, 2021 5:49 am

Good comments! They had me laughing. 🙂

October 26, 2021 8:58 am

Maybe Xi Jinping was not talking to people. but to heaven? China’s weather of the past two years suggests he has lost the mandate of heaven. So maybe he was showing some contrition to whichever gods overlook China?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Carol
October 27, 2021 5:55 am

Yes, there are hints that all is not well in the Chicom leadership. Xi is not seen as the Golden Boy by some of his peers.

The world should boycott the Chicom Olympic Games and give those in China who oppose Xi a chance to oust him from power. His rivals can blame Xi for foisting the Wuhan virus on the world, and for the human rights abuses occurring under Xi’s leadership, and for the loss of the Olympic Games.

The Free World needs to start thinking smarter. Kowtowing to a dictator like Xi is not the way. The opposite of that is the way. Put the focus on Xi’s crimes against humanity.

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October 26, 2021 10:15 am

China is delighted to let the world commit economic suicide by wasting $trillions on wind/solar power projects since they’re the ones selling the bullets: China has global market shares of 80% for solar panels, and 14% for wind turbines…

Meanwhile, China is rapidly building new coal-fired plant capacity at a pace THREE times the entire total all other countries in the world combined.. Oh, my..

China’s long term energy strategy is to rapidly build coal-fired capacity for the next 10~15 years, and then decommission their older coal-fired plants and replace them with new Thorium MSRs which China predicts will become available in the early 2030’s (theoretically capable of producing power at $0.03/kWh)…

Oh, goody.. Game, set, and match..

October 26, 2021 10:43 am

We will declare an Earth Day holiday in the slave labor camps of western China. So let it be written.

Jeffery P
October 26, 2021 11:22 am

I wonder if there’s a playbook for America’s geopolitical adversaries? They all know they can get concrete concessions from us now and in turn give lipservice to non-specific future actions.

They certainly knew how to play Obama. Biden, well, they own him. Biden’s party think America’s enemies are their domestic political opponents. The Republicans, especially Trump Republicans must be dealt with with an iron fist.

China, Russia Iran, the Taliban? They’re just misunderstood you see? The rulers of those countries all want the same thing our political elites want. We just need to play nice with them no matter how many times they spit on agreements and obligations.

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