America and China, the world’s largest carbon pollutants, have agreed to cooperate with other countries to combat climate change. This agreement was reached between the two countries at a time when US President Joe Biden would host a digital summit with world leaders to discuss climate change a few days later. Biden invited 40 Chinese leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, to the summit to be held on 22 and 23 April.
The US State Department said in a statement issued on Saturday that US Special Envoy for Climate Change related matters John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Shi Zhenhua reached an agreement during a two-day meeting in Shanghai last week. “The US and China are committed to cooperate with each other and other countries to deal with the climate crisis,” the joint statement said. This crisis should be dealt with seriously and immediately. “
China and the United States are the world’s largest carbon pollutants. Their cooperation is crucial to the success of global efforts to combat climate change, but human relations violations, trade, and China’s claims on the South China Sea and Taiwan have strained the relationship between the two countries. Kerry’s visit is the first visit by a high-level American official to China since Biden took over as president in January. Former US Secretary of State Kerry left South Korea from Shanghai.