U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua agreed for the two countries, during two days of talks in Shanghai, to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency. They are the world’s two biggest carbon polluters. Their cooperation is key to a success of global efforts to curb 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 demands,” the final statement after discussions declared. Li Shuo, senior climate adviser for environmental group Greenpeace, described the statement as “positive”. One outcome from the US-China meeting is the acknowledgement that finance flows should be channelled to low-carbon projects, not high carbon.
Kerry said he and Chinese officials had a lot of discussions on how to accelerate a global energy transition. It’s already known that American President Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, to a summit on climate change urgencies, on April 22-23. However Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng signaled Friday that China is unlikely to make any new pledges at next week’s summit, like America will do. “For a big country with 1.4 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered,” he said. China has pledged to peak its emissions by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.