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

On September 2, 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 said, China has made great efforts and remarkable achievements in tackling climate change. President Xi Jinping proposed that China will strive to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. This goal and vision reflects China's action and resolve to resolutely perform the Paris Agreement and continuously step up the response to climate change, as well as the country's responsibility and duty for promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. China has been always true in word and resolute in deed on the response to climate change.

Han Zheng pointed out, the cooperation between China and the United States on coping with climate change should return to the Paris Agreement, which serves as an important foundation. He hopes that both sides will focus on implementing the China-U.S. Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Crisis, continue to make efforts under the objectives and principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, and contribute to the global response to climate change. Addressing climate change is an important part of China-U.S. cooperation, which must be based on trust. He hopes that the United States will create a good atmosphere for bilateral cooperation on climate change in accordance with the spirit of the telephone conversation between the two heads of state.

Kerry said, the United States and China should maintain constructive contacts and jointly deal with global challenges. The U.S. side recognizes China's great efforts to cope with climate change, and is willing to strengthen contact and communication with China, press ahead with the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and jointly address the threat of global climate change.

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