Relocation of biodiversity summit a blow to China’s environmental diplomacy

A UN biodiversity summit has been relocated to Canada from Kunming because of China's strict Covid-19 policies. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - A United Nations biodiversity summit due to be held in Kunming this year has been relocated to Canada because of China's strict Covid-19 policies, dealing a blow to Beijing's efforts at environmental diplomacy.

The summit, known as COP15, would be held from Dec 5 to 17 in Montreal, said the secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity on Monday (June 20), citing "continued uncertainties related to the ongoing global pandemic".

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