China Resists Climate Pressure From West, but Makes Gains on Its Own

Beijing won’t bow to pressure to cut emissions at COP27 summit, but may slow their growth significantly on its own

As world leaders gather for the COP27 climate conference in Egypt, WSJ looks at how the war in Ukraine and turmoil in energy markets are complicating efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

China is sending a large delegation to the United Nations climate summit in Egypt, but it is unlikely to bow to demands to strengthen its pledge to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, China energy experts say.

The country wants to appear independent, rather than in collaboration with the U.S., when it makes any new climate commitments, they say. It is facing criticism from the U.S. and other countries that its pledges to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions aren’t aggressive enough.

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