After two days of negotiations, Chinese and US Climate envoys — Xie Zhenhua and John Kerry — have issued a statement declaring the countries’ joint commitment to fight climate change:
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 demandsUS State Department, 2021-04-19
The two countries will strive to discuss “concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach”.
Diplomats representing China and the USA — the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases — appear to have found a more harmonious and constructive position from their talks in Shanghai than the stand-off style displayed in the previous talks in Alaska. While the two sides agreed on the need to act against climate change, the conversation was marred with pre-emptive strike criticising US hubris regarding human rights.
This statement places these global powers on the right path ahead of the UN COP26 talks in Glasgow, scheduled for 1-12 November.
US, China agree to tackle climate crisis with urgency, Aljazeera, 2021-04-19