US and China pledge climate change commitment

China and US pledge climate change commitment
Both the US and China have agreed on cooperating together to tackle climate change. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The US and China say they are committed to working together and with other countries across the world on tackling climate change. It comes after several meetings between US climate envoy John Kerry and Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua and his in Shanghai last week.

Both of the diplomats agreed on further specific actions to reduce emissions, a joint statement released on Saturday confirmed. This week, US President Joe Biden is holding a virtual climate summit, which China says it is looking forward to.

However it is yet unknown if Chinese President Xi Jinping will join the world leaders who have pledged to attend the summit.

The joint statement from the US and China said: “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 statement added that both countries would continue to discuss “concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach”.

Both China and the US also agreed to help developing countries finance a switch to low-carbon energy.

Senior climate adviser for environmental group Greenpeace, Li Shuo, described the statement as “positive”.

In an interview with Reuters news agency, he said: “It sends a very unequivocal message that on this particular issue (China and the United States) will cooperate. Before the meetings in Shanghai this was not a message that we could assume. “

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