(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Friday, John Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, stated that the U.S. needed to collaborate with China in order for global climate goals to be reached. This statement comes at a time when the relations between the two superpowers are increasingly tense.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Kerry noted that it is impossible for “any one country can solve this crisis.” He added that cooperation between China and the United States is necessary when it comes to the climate crisis. While Kerry acknowledged the tension between Beijing and Washington, the climate crisis requires attention as there is “a clock that’s ticking on climate more immediately.” He added that it is “imperative” to try and take action right now.
Originally President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had originally agreed to “keep the climate issue separate,” but the recent tensions over Taiwan have stopped all discussions. Kerry added that he was hoping that “China … helps work with the United States” because it is important for the planet that the two cooperate.
In the first few months of the year, U.S.-China relations have been particularly tense following a Chinese spy balloon hovering over the U.S. for a week before being shot down. The U.S. has accused Beijing of considering supplying Russia with lethal aid. At the same time, American lawmakers met with Taiwan’s president despite China repeatedly warning against this.
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