US special envoy John Kerry to seek climate cooperation during 4-day China visit

Shanghai, China, July 16 (EFE).- John Kerry, the White House special envoy for climate, landed in Beijing on Sunday for an official four-day visit to China, according to state-run media.

The CGTN television network reported that Kerry arrived in the Chinese capital shortly after 3 p.m.

The US envoy will be staying in China until July 19, as reported by the broadcaster, without providing further details.

Last week, the Chinese environment ministry confirmed the visit, stating that it aims to facilitate an in-depth exchange of views on cooperation in tackling climate change.

During his visit, Kerry is scheduled to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, with whom he held a virtual meeting in January.

In their previous interaction, the two diplomats discussed cooperation to promote multilateral initiatives globally in addressing climate change and agreed to hold new rounds of negotiations later on.

Kerry’s visit comes just days after US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s high-stakes visit to China, which aimed at easing tensions between the two nations.

During her visit, Yellen emphasized the need for increased communication with China, despite acknowledging “significant disagreements” between the two sides.

Yellen also met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing and sought “healthy economic competition that is not winner-take-all.”

China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, urged the US to adopt a rational and pragmatic approach, avoiding excessive interference in Chinese affairs in order to improve China-US relations.

He called on the US to cease suppressing China in areas such as the economy, trade, science, and technology and to “lift the illegal and unwarranted sanctions against China.”

Prior to Yellen’s visit, Secretary of State Antony Blinken had also visited Beijing as part of an effort to defuse tensions. EFE


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