China and the United States agree to continue climate talks after Kerry’s visit to Beijing

Beijing, July 20 (EFE). – The US special envoy for climate, John Kerry, concluded a visit to China on Thursday, in which he confirmed that the two countries had reached “clear agreements” on some issues, although he acknowledged that there were others. This will require “more time” to find a solution.

At a press conference at the end of his trip, Kerry announced that his goal was to “break the deadlock” that had lasted nearly a year between the two powers and that he had “long and detailed” talks with his Chinese interlocutors on the climate crisis, the official Xinhua news agency picked up in the past hours.

“We agreed to stay engaged to address this crisis and work together to ensure the success of COP28,” Kerry said, referring to the climate summit to be held later this year in the United Arab Emirates.

The American diplomat stressed that this would not be a one-time dialogue and that the two parties agreed to intensify their work in the coming weeks: “We have already set the date for our next meeting and even the next meeting. We are aware of that. There are only about four months left until COP28 and we must make up for lost time and accelerate the talks.” Setting goals and making sure obstacles are overcome and results are achieved.”

Kerry visited China from July 16 to 19 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, whom he met.

He also held meetings with Premier Li Qiang, Chairman of the CPC Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi, and Vice Chairman Han Zheng.

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During his meeting with Kerry, Wang stressed the importance of “maintaining stable relations” between the two countries after several years during which they were characterized by increasing tension, and the need to “remove any interference” in order to return to a path of healthy development.

China’s foreign ministry said the two sides recognized the “huge potential” for cooperation on climate change and the importance of gaining the understanding and support of their compatriots.

Washington seeks close cooperation on climate, while continuing to pressure China on other issues, such as cutting coal use and methane emissions.

For its part, China hopes to promote substantive dialogue and focus on green transformation.

Kerry’s visit comes just days after a visit by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who asked for more contacts with Beijing despite acknowledging “significant differences”. EFE

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