Washington, April 18 2021: In a special statement while on a visit to Shanghai, the US climate envoy John Kerry said the US and China are both committed to cooperating on pressing matters pertaining to climate change.
The joint official statement by Kerry and China’s special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua, read, “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 statement stressed the need for multilateral cooperation for realizing the goals of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change and also the Paris Agreement.
The first official Biden administration appearance in China, John Kerry’s visit who is a former secretary of state, could signal hope that despite the current tensions between the two sides, they are willing to work together on crucial global challenges with far reaching impacts like climate change and multiple other issues. Some of which were listed in the joint statement.
The US and China are the world’s top two economies and account for nearly 50% of all greenhouse gas emissions on the planet which contribute to climate change.
Ever since assuming office, President Biden has made climate a top priority, in contrast to the policies of his predecessor Donald Trump who famously eschewed the Paris Agreement and was a public supporter of fossil fuels and the associated industry
President Biden has since rejoined the 2015 Paris accord, which was initially negotiated by John Kerry when he was secretary of state and urged nations to keep taking action to prevent temperature rises of more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
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