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Diplomatic Summit on Climate Change between China, US and European Countries – Belgium

(Belka) US Climate Ambassador John Kerry has arrived in the Chinese city of Shanghai for advice, but Beijing has also kept its lines with Europe short. At the invitation of French President Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit with Paris and Berlin tomorrow. This was announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry today.

This Sino-European summit has not yet been publicly announced and aims to provide some European counterweight to the growing weight of the United States in the international arena, including the climate issue. China and Europe have recently stepped up climate cooperation following former US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was withdrawing from the Paris climate deal. Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, reversed that move immediately after taking office. Kerry is in Shanghai ahead of another virtual summit that Biden has launched, which will take place from April 22-23. G participation is widely expected, but has not yet been officially confirmed. Kerry will meet with Chinese climate ambassador Xi Jinhua, who represented Beijing in talks on the Paris climate deal. Kerry will stay in China until Saturday. Kerry’s visit to China is the first time a senior member of the Biden government has said so. In recent months, tensions between the major powers have multiplied. Last year, G promised that his country, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, would begin controlling its pollutant emissions by 2030. By 2060, the gigantic country should be climate neutral. “China has now accepted responsibility for global climate leadership and will not engage in US-centric climate initiative,” the nationalist Chinese newspaper Global Times warned. (Belka)

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This Sino-European summit has not yet been publicly announced and aims to provide some European counterweight to the growing weight of the United States in the international arena, including the climate issue. China and Europe have recently stepped up climate cooperation following former US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was withdrawing from the Paris climate deal. Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, reversed that move immediately after taking office. Kerry is in Shanghai ahead of another virtual summit that Biden has launched, which will take place from April 22-23. Xi’s participation is widely expected, but has not yet been officially confirmed. Kerry will meet with Chinese climate ambassador Xi Jinhua, who represented Beijing in talks on the Paris climate deal. Kerry will stay in China until Saturday. Kerry’s visit to China is the first time a senior member of the Biden government has said so. In recent months, tensions between the major powers have multiplied. Last year, G promised that his country, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, would begin controlling its pollutant emissions by 2030. By 2060, the gigantic country should be climate neutral. “China has now accepted the responsibility of global climate leadership and will not engage in a US-centric climate initiative,” the nationalist Chinese newspaper Global Times warned. (Belka)