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China, US agree on need for stronger climate commitments

April 18, 2021, 02.41 PM - The world's two biggest carbon polluters, the United States and China, have agreed to cooperate with other countries to curb climate change, just days before US President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue.

The agreement was reached by US special envoy for climate John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua during two days of talks in Shanghai last week, the US State Department said in a statement.

The United States and China are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands,” the joint statement said.

China and the United States pump out nearly half of the fossil fuel fumes that are warming the planet's atmosphere.

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Their cooperation is key to the success of global efforts to curb climate change, but frayed ties over human rights, trade, and China's territorial claims to Taiwan and the South China Sea have been threatening to undermine the work.

Kerry's Shanghai trip marked the highest-level travel to China by a US official since Biden took office in January. From Shanghai, the former secretary of state flew to South Korea for talks.

Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, to the April 22-23 summit.

Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was also invited to participate in the event. Two other ASEAN leaders who were also invited to the meeting included Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong.

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The US and other countries are expected to announce more ambitious national targets for cutting carbon emissions ahead of or at the meeting, along with pledging financial help for climate efforts by less wealthy nations.

When Kerry was in Shanghai this week, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng signaled that China was unlikely to make any new pledges at next week's summit.

"For a big country with 1.4 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered," Le said.
On whether Xi would join the summit, Le said: "The Chinese side is actively studying the matter."

China and the US firmly committed to working together

During a video meeting with German and French leaders, Xi also said climate change "should not become a geopolitical chip, a target for attacking other countries or an excuse for trade barriers", though he called for closer cooperation on the issue, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.


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