The United States and China pledged to continue cooperating against climate change

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The United States special envoy against the climate crisis, John Kerry, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, called each other in a virtual meeting to “continue cooperating” to address climate change.

The US envoy is in the Chinese city of Tianjin after meeting with Japanese officials in Tokyo on Tuesday to coordinate positions for the COP 26 summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12.

“Cooperation between China and the United States on climate change is the only right option and has broad prospects for development. However, this cannot be sustained if the bilateral relationship does not improve,” warned Wang, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

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For Wang, the two countries have engaged in “a fruitful dialogue” on climate change, but must continue working to seek “common ground” as well as to “put aside their differences.

The great miscalculations of the United States have resulted in the sudden deterioration of bilateral relations in recent years. The US must stop seeing China as a threat, it must cease its policy of containment and repression against China. The ball is now on the American court,” he added.

For its part, the press department of the US Embassy in China said in another statement that Kerry urged Wang that the Asian country take more measures to reduce its emissions.

“The United States remains committed to cooperating with the world to address climate change, something that must be treated with the seriousness and urgency it deserves,” he added.

Last April, Kerry and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, pledged to “reinforce the implementation” of the agreement against the Paris climate crisis, which seeks that the rise in global average temperatures does not exceed two degrees Celsius this century and is remain, if possible, at 1.5 degrees.