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United States and China Commit to Cooperate on Climate Change

The United States and China announced in a joint statement last April 17 their commitment on “working together” to tackle the climate crisis after U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry visited Shanghai.

“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 two countries said in the statement.

According to the statement, the cooperation between the two countries includes “enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.”

The statement further read that both countries will continue to discuss “concrete” actions to reduce emissions, including “policies, measures, and technologies to decarbonize industry and power.”

The two countries also stated that they intend to finance developing countries in transitioning to low-carbon and renewable energy.

Both countries also said that they “look forward” to the two-day virtual climate summit on April 22 to 23, led by U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden has invited 40 world leaders to the summit, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, but it is unclear if he will attend.

“We very much hope he will take part,” Kerry told reporters in South Korea on April 18 after his visit from China.

“Of course, every country will make its own decisions. We’re not seeking to force anybody. We’re seeking cooperation,” Kerry further said.

The statement came after Kerry held several meetings with China’s Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua last April 15 to 16 in Shanghai.

Kerry’s visit to Shanghai is the first high-level visit by an official of President Joe Biden’s administration since Biden took office.

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