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Han Zheng Meets with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry via Video Link

2021/04/16

On April 16, 2021, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Vice Premier Han Zheng met with visiting U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry via video link in Beijing.

Han Zheng expressed, climate change is a matter concerning the welfare of all mankind. China has implemented the national strategy of actively responding to climate change, acting as an important participant, contributor, and leader in terms of global ecological conservation. Last year, President Xi Jinping announced China's pledge to reach peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2060, as well as new measures to ramp up nationally determined contributions. China is firm in resolve and forceful in action in tackling climate change. We'll reach the above-mentioned goals in a down-to-earth manner.

Han Zheng pointed out, China and the United States, as the world's largest developing and developed country respectively, share a lot of common interests in tackling climate change. China attaches importance to carrying out dialogue and cooperation on climate change with the U.S. side. China welcomes the U.S. return to the Paris Agreement, and expects the U.S. side to uphold the Agreement, shoulder its due responsibilities and make due contributions. In responding to climate change, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities should be followed. China is ready to work with the U.S. side to leverage respective strengths, maintain dialogue and cooperation, and work with all parties to jointly promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Kerry said, the U.S.-China cooperation is of vital importance in responding to the global challenge of climate change, hailing China's tremendous efforts in this regard. The United States is willing to work with China to enhance communication, deepen cooperation, and speed up the implementation of the goals set in the Paris Agreement, to jointly contribute more to responding to the crisis of climate change.

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