Washington: The two sides said on Saturday that they were “committed to cooperation” on the urgent issue of climate change between China and the United States, and they pledged before an important summit hosted by US President Joe Biden.
The first official of the Biden administration visited the US climate envoy, John Kerry, who issued a joint statement after his visit to Shanghai. He said that despite high tensions in many other areas, the two sides hope to cope with global challenges together.
But to achieve global climate goals, Kerry said action must be taken and urged China to reduce its use of coal.
“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,” said the statement from Kerry and China’s special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua.
It listed multiple avenues of climate cooperation between the world’s top two economies which together account for nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.
It stressed “enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.”
Both countries also “look forward” to a virtual climate summit of world leaders that Biden will host next week, though the statement did not say if Chinese President Xi Jinping would attend.
“We very much hope he will take part,” Kerry, who is now in South Korea, told reporters on Sunday.
“Of course, every country will make its own decisions,” he said, adding: “We’re not seeking to force anybody. We’re seeking cooperation.”