“Our hope is that we will be able to deal with China, yes,” said Kerry during a visit to the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday (3).
“President Biden made it clear and I also made it clear: none of the other issues we have with China – and they exist – will be held hostage or involved in an exchange for what we need to do about the climate.”
Relations between China and the United States have been strained in recent years by disagreements over trade agreements, China’s treatment of Uighurs and also over Chinese actions on Taiwan and Hong Kong.
China promised to become carbon neutral by 2060, and the government of US President Joe Biden is expected to announce a new goal to reduce emissions at a global climate summit on April 22.
This Sunday (4), Kerry will participate in meetings in Abu Dhabi on the planet’s climate and projects for the Middle East and North Africa. The United Arab Emirates said the dialogue would focus on national and regional preparations ahead of the United Nations (UN) climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, scheduled for November.
Kerry also said that countries would discuss how reduce dependence on coal and also how to “increase ambitions” in relation to climate change before the UN conference.
“I think the next generations are screaming to keep our promise,” he added.
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