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US, Chinese climate envoys agree to maintain close communication

US, Chinese climate envoys agree to maintain close communication

The United States and China agreed to maintain close communication after the meeting in Beijing of envoys from both countries on climate issues, the Chinese Ministry of the Environment reported Thursday.

Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart John Kerry discussed policy measures and progress on the actions the two countries have taken to tackle climate change, the ministry said in a statement.

Kerry arrived in Beijing on Sunday for three-day talks, saying before his departure late on Wednesday that negotiations would continue ahead of the COP28 global climate talks in Dubai later this year.

The meetings were aimed at restoring trust between China and the US after climate diplomacy between the world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide was suspended in August last year following a visit by then-House Speaker Nancy. Pelosi, to Taiwan.

Although no new agreements were reached during the talks, Kerry said the parties had reached a consensus on many issues, including the need to cut methane, move away from coal and keep the temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius per above pre-industrial levels.

“I’m very pleased that we’ve reached a point where China is ready and willing to work aggressively, as long as someone or something doesn’t mess it up,” Kerry told reporters.

Source: VOA Espanol

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