© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: French Economy and Finance Minister Le Maire meets the US President’s Special Envoy for Kerry’s Climate in Paris
By Jeff Mason and Valerie Volcovici
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Climate Special Envoy John Kerry will travel to China this week to discuss international efforts to tackle global warming, seeking to push his counterparts I work on ambitious emissions reduction targets despite the tensions in the US-China relationship.
The US State Department said Kerry will travel to Shanghai and Seoul, South Korea, for talks on April 14-17, ahead of President Joe Biden’s virtual summit with world leaders on transformation. climate next week.
Kerry will “discuss raising global climate ambitions,” during her visits, the State Department said.
A source familiar with the plans said Kerry would arrive in Shanghai late on Wednesday and hold meetings on Thursday and Friday.
Mr. Kerry’s trip that took place after a previous summit in Alaska between US and Chinese officials led to fiery interactions that demonstrated the depth of tension between the world’s two largest economies at the outset. Mr. Biden’s term.
“He will focus on the climate and how we can work with leaders around the region to control … the climate crisis,” White House spokesman Jen Psaki said. on Monday about Kerry.
The former foreign minister, who is chosen by Biden to represent the United States in international climate negotiations, will seek a common ground on climate change with China’s Xie Zhenhua. Kerry called his Chinese counterpart a “leader” and “capable advocate” in an interview with Reuters https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-kerry / us-climate-envoy-kerry-calls -new-chinese-counterpart-leader-and-trust-idUSKBN2A42ZZ earlier this year.
Kerry has urged countries around the world to set ambitious goals to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The United States will announce its new goal of cutting emissions by 2030 next week.
The Biden Earth Day Summit, scheduled to take place April 22-23, will be an opportunity for the White House to reaffirm America’s leadership role in climate change. Biden, a Democrat, brought the United States back to the Paris climate accord after his predecessor, Republican President Donald Trump, withdrew in 2017.
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