Mr. Obama, who was scheduled to address conference delegates shortly after his arrival, instead went into a closed-door meeting with a group of fellow leaders to discuss a preliminary draft of a political declaration they hope to produce here. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao boycotted the session, prompting a public rebuke from President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.
Mr. Sarkozy said that China is holding back progress in the climate talks. Speaking just after the unscheduled meeting ended, Mr. Sarkozy said that Chinese resistance to monitoring of emissions was a key sticking point.
The countries represented include Australia, Britain, France, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Norway and Colombia. China was represented by a Foreign Ministry official.
You know what will be even better? When China boycotts the next Treasury auction.