Yesterday, US climate envoy John Kerry arrived in China to restart halted climate talks between two of the world’s largest economies and greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters.
Upon his arrival in the Chinese capital Beijing, Kerry gave a statement that the US and China would resume their “in-depth exchange of views” on climate matters starting today, July 17, 2023.
During his visit, Kerry will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua after climate talks between the two nations were stalled in 2022 as a result of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which angered Beijing.
Despite the tension between Washington and Beijing, Kerry has maintained consistent and relatively pleasant relations with China and this trip is his third as climate emissary under the Biden administration.
Kerry will aim to leverage his good relationship to speak to Chinese officials on subjects regarding the upcoming COP28 summit in Dubai, as well as increasing ‘implementation and ambition’ where climate action is concerned.