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Will China use climate change as a bargaining chip?

Beijing shows signs of changing tactics ahead of COP26 conference

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Steam billows out of chimneys of a coal-fired power plant in Hangzhou on July 16: 2021 is expected to mark China's all-time high consumption of coal.   © FeatureChinaAP

Alicia Garcia Herrero and Simone Tagliapietra are both senior research fellows at Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank.

With less than four weeks before the start of the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, in Glasgow, China is increasingly the center of global climate policy attention.

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