US, China Agree to Work Together to Tackle Climate Crisis


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – China and the United States have agreed to cooperate on the issue of climate change, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua said in a joint statement after their Shanghai talks.

“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. This includes both enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement”, a statement, released by the US State Department on Saturday, says.

John Kerry met with Xie Zhenhua in Shanghai on 15-16 April. According to their joint statement, the US and China are looking forward to the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate, scheduled for 22-23 April.

In preparation for the upcoming Climate Change Conference, or COP26, scheduled for November in the Scottish city of Glasgow, the US and China will continue to discuss concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach.

The US State Department said that China and the US plan to develop long-term strategies aimed at net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and carbon neutrality. They will also take action to maximise international investment in support of the transition to renewable energy in developing countries.


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