USA climate envoy John Kerry travels to China ahead of global summit

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He will be meeting his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, Reuters reported.

The Chinese leader's comments come as USA climate envoy John Kerry is in Shanghai to drum up support from the world's biggest polluter for America's drive to address environmental challenges.

But Beijing unexpectedly announced Xi would join an online French-German climate summit on Friday "at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron". Kerry is in talks in China on Thursday, April 15, 2021 ahead of President Joe Biden's climate summit of world leaders.

"We're not trading something to do with the planet and health and security for something else that's more of a political or ideological difference or a practical difference in the marketplace", said Kerry.

Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 UN Paris climate accords as one of his first actions.

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Officials are expected to discuss environmental challenges, areas which both China and the USA say are top priorities, as well as the upcoming UN-led climate talks to be held in Glasgow, UK, at the end of the year. The U.S. and China are the world's biggest carbon emitters and both have set targets to become carbon neutral in coming decades, although China's stated date of 2060 has been described as not ambitious enough.

The US has rejoined the worldwide accord under Biden's administration, that has also pledged to reduce emissions.

Nakano said Thursday that many countries, not just the USA, "are hoping to see much more clear articulation [on] how China plans on reducing its emissions level".

Li Shuo from Greenpeace China said he hoped the talks might yield agreements on China's huge use of polluting coal.

The invitation comes as relations between Beijing and Washington are at their most strained for decades because of clashes over Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South China Sea, regional security and China's economic coercion of USA allies.

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