“China and the United States agree that there is a need for more active action in combating climate change and declaring cooperation in this field,” said the joint diplomatic message of both countries, published on Sunday. It was issued after US special envoy John Kerry’s talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinhua. The negotiations took place in Shanghai.
According to the US State Department statement, the two sides agreed to discuss specific measures aimed at reducing the emission of harmful chemical compounds into the atmosphere, including environmental methods of storing energy. This is scheduled to take place before the scheduled date of November of this year. Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
“The United States and China will participate in bilateral cooperation in addition to cooperating with other countries to address the climate crisis, which must be taken seriously and with the speed it requires,” the statement said.
Cooperation to implement the provisions of the 2015 Climate Agreement was announced in Paris. John Kerry was a signatory to it, then Secretary of State in Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration.
Former Republican President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from this agreement. However, his successor, Joe Biden, rescinded that decision and announced that the United States would return to the agreement.
Kerry is Biden’s first administrative representative to visit China. The visit raised – as it was emphasized – the hope that the two sides could cooperate in the fight for climate change, despite tensions on other matters.
The United States and China, the two largest economies in the world, account for nearly half of the global warming dust and greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.