Climate change: USA seeks to reinvigorate bilateral cooperation with India

Climate change: USA seeks to reinvigorate bilateral cooperation with India

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met with his Chinese counterparts in Shanghai on Thursday, in the first visit to China by an official from a Biden administration seeking to re-establish America's leadership on the environment.

Kerry is in China for meetings with his counterparts until Saturday - the first visit by an official from the new USA administration.

He will be meeting his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, Reuters reported.

The US president sees the April meeting as a preparatory path for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, scheduled for November in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Chinese statement also said Macron and Xi had agreed to boost green development efforts in Africa - a key cause for the French president.

The department did not specify the details of his trip, but a diplomatic source in South Korea said that Kerry will visit Seoul on Saturday for talks with Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong.

The summits' effort is to catalyze the joint work of countries to curb global warming to a limit of 1.5 ° C. Biden wants to mobilize public and private funding to drive the worldwide energy transition and help vulnerable countries cope climate impacts.

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a year ago that China would be carbon-neutral by 2060 and aim to reach a peak in its emissions by 2030.

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Officials are expected to discuss environmental challenges, areas which both China and the United States say are top priorities, as well as the upcoming UN-led climate talks to be held in Glasgow, UK, at the end of the year.

Biden has yet to announce any new targets under the 2015 Paris climate accords.

Both Washington and Brussels are aiming to go "carbon neutral" by mid-century, a goal scientists say needs to be achieved to keep average global temperatures from rising above 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by the year 2100.

"We simply can not get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 unless the financial sector knows what impact their investments are having on the climate", Shaw said in a statement.

Li Shuo from Greenpeace China said he hoped the talks might yield agreements on China's huge use of coal.

"The next few days will be critical for China and other major emitters to provide enhanced climate responsibility and leadership".

"It is important that every part of New Zealand's economy is helping us cut emissions and transition to a low-carbon future", he said.

While Beijing and Washington have clashed over Hong Kong and Xinjiang, the climate issue is seen as a shared interest which cuts through the rancour.

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