The US and China have agreed to work together to provide solutions to climate change. This is happening just a few days after the United States President discussed the issue in a virtual submit. The special envoy for climate in the US, John Kerry, and the special convoy for China on the Climate matters, Xie Zhenhua agreed on this partnership last week.
According to a joint statement, these two countries are devoted to cooperating with other countries to find solutions to climate issues. These issues need to be tackled with seriousness and immediate effect as required.
China and the U.S are the world’s biggest carbon polluters. These two countries emit almost 50 percent of the fossil fuel fumes that warm the planet’s atmosphere.
The agreement reached between these countries is key in achieving the aim to curb climate change. However, frayed ties over human rights, the territorial claims of China to Taiwan, and the South China Sea can be an obstacle to these efforts.
According to Kerry, since China is the largest coal user in the world, he and the Chinese officials on climate matters had discussions on how to boost energy transition across the globe.
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I have never shied away from expressing our views shared by many, many people that it is imperative to reduce coal, everywhere.Kerry
President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to the summit coming up on April 22-23 and among those invited is the Chinese President Xi Jinping. The U.S. and other countries will be announcing more national targets aimed at reducing carbon emissions ahead of or at the meeting. In the meeting, some countries will be making financial pledges towards climate efforts.
It is yet to be known if Kerry’s visit to China would help to promote U.S.-China cooperation on climate matters. The Vice Foreign Minister of China maintained that the country may not be able to make any pledges at the summit holding next week, despite Kerry’s visit to China.