The two countries said in a joint statement on Sunday that China and the United States have agreed to tighten their climate change commitments before a new round of talks is scheduled for the end of this year.
According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, the statement was issued after the climate envoy meeting between Xie Zhenhua and John Kerry was held in Shanghai on Thursday and Friday.
The joint statement said: “China and the United States are committed to cooperating with each other and other countries in tackling the climate crisis.”
It is also said that the two countries will continue to discuss specific measures aimed at realizing the global temperature rise limits outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement in 2020.
Kerry’s stay in Shanghai is the first high-level visit of the United States to China since the new president took office. Prior to this, officials of the two countries had a dispute in Alaska in March.
The talks marked the continuation of the climate dialogue between the world’s two largest “producers” of greenhouse gases.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Paris Agreement, saying that after he unfairly punished U.S. companies, bilateral negotiations were suspended.
It is expected that the United States will soon re-commit to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions in order to restore the confidence of foreign allies. Joe Biden made the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement.
Li Shuo, senior environmental adviser at Greenpeace, said that China may soon respond to the new US commitments based on the “dynamic” of the Shanghai talks.
“I think this statement is politically positive: it sends a very clear message that (China and the United States) will cooperate on this issue. Before the meeting in Shanghai, this is not a message we can count on. Li said.
Biden will hold a virtual summit for dozens of world leaders this week to discuss climate change and broadcast it live. Global climate negotiations are scheduled to be held in Glasgow from November 1st to 12th.
The statement said that the two countries agreed to discuss specific actions to reduce emissions, including storage of energy, carbon and hydrogen.
They said they will take steps to increase funding for the transition to low-carbon energy in developing countries.
The Paris Agreement encourages countries to be able to make more ambitious climate commitments.
China has pledged to take more actions to achieve its goal of becoming “carbon neutral” by 2060.