Leaders of China, India, and other major economies skip out on Biden’s latest climate forum

  • A number of key world leaders were notably absent from President Joe Biden’s Friday morning climate forum.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, representing the two countries the scientific community believes are the linchpins in effectively combating climate change, did not participate in the reconvening of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. Both heads of state took part in the first forum, held by the White House in spring 2021.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other European heads of state also did not participate, though the continent was represented by European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.