They have feuded recently over Hong Kong, the treatment the Uighur community and future of Taiwan, but the U.S. and China can agree on one thing — the fight against climate change.
Ahead of President Joe Biden’s summit of world leaders to address the issue this week, the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters “committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries” to tackle the issue, a joint statement from the State Department and China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment said late Saturday.
The agreement between Washington and Beijing was reached by John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate, and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua during two days of talks in Shanghai last week, the statement said.
The United States and China are “to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands,” it added.
Together, they agreed to discuss specific emission reduction actions to decarbonize industry and power, including energy storage, carbon capture and green hydrogen, as well as increasing use of renewable energy, reducing emissions from coal, oil, and gas, and addressing emissions from international aviation, the statement added.