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U.S. Envoy Kerry Says Climate Cooperation Can Redefine U.S.-China Relations

Valerie Volcovici

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. climate envoy John Kerry tells U.S. China and U.S. can leverage climate cooperation Come to redefine the troubled relationship between the two countries and take the lead in fighting global warming. On Tuesday, senior Chinese officials.

Kerry’s three-day trip to China, aimed at reviving climate cooperation among the world’s major emitters of greenhouse gases, coincides with waves of extreme weather across the globe , including China’s Thermal Dome. Temperatures reached 52 degrees Celsius (52 degrees Fahrenheit) in Death Valley, California, in the western United States on Sunday.

“We hope this can be the beginning of a new definition of cooperation and ability to resolve our differences,” Kerry told senior diplomats at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, China’s massive legislative complex. Official Wang Yi said.

Kerry warned in a speech to Premier Li Qiang that things could get worse this summer, citing reports that a weather station in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region recorded record high temperatures reports. .Sunday 2C.

“These forecasts are much more serious than ever before,” Kerry added after Lee’s unusual interruption when he expressed doubts about temperatures in Xinjiang.

Li acknowledged that according to participants, the meeting discussed the severe climate impacts facing China and other regions later.

The main areas of contention include climate finance, China’s coal consumption and emissions reductions for methane, a potent greenhouse gas.


Kerry told Wang that the talks could provide a fresh start for the two countries mired in Taiwan and trade disputes.

“We very much hope that this can be the start of not just a conversation between you and me on climate, but that we can start to change the relationship more broadly,” Kerry told Wang.

Wang called Kerry “my old friend” and said they “worked together to resolve a series of issues between the two parties”. Kerry also mentioned their cooperation, including on the Iran nuclear talks.

Kerry met with his Foreign Minister Xie Zhenhua for nearly hours at the Beijing Hotel on Monday. Wang praised Kerry and Xie for their “hard work” throughout the talks.

The U.S. and Chinese delegations will resume the work of the previous day on Tuesday and conduct a full day of negotiations. Asked how the discussions were going, Kerry said it was too early to assess.

Kerry’s third visit to China as the US climate envoy marks the official resumption of high-level climate diplomacy between the two countries. The former secretary of state is the third senior U.S. official to visit Beijing in the past month.

Although Kerry has been trying to separate the climate issue from the broader diplomatic dispute, Wang said during Kerry’s last visit to Beijing. 128 Climate issues cannot be separated from broader issues.

“As a rule of thumb, if we work hard on this problem, we can find our way back on to solving these challenges,” Kerry said. “The world does look to our leadership, especially on climate.”

(This story has been corrected to fix the temperature at .2C, not 128.3C, paragraph 4)



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