BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. local weather envoy John Kerry stated after three days of talks in Beijing to construct confidence between the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, extra work is required to resolve agreements with China on key points.
“We — our group and the US administration — got here to Beijing to resolve the deadlock since final August,” Kerry instructed reporters late Wednesday.
Local weather talks broke down final 12 months after US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, an island claimed by China.
“That is the primary assembly we have had in particular person since then, and we’re right here to interrupt new floor,” Kerry stated in a press release on Wednesday.
“Regardless of final 12 months’s hiatus”, the 2 sides stated that they had reached a number of factors of settlement throughout three days of frank however open talks and deliberate to work “intensely” within the weeks main as much as the essential COP28 local weather talks in Dubai. .
“We notice that we solely have about 4 months earlier than COOP, and we’re defining the time for the following assembly and the assembly after that, and we’ve to put aside a while when this dialogue hasn’t occurred. It has been occurring,” he stated.
“This isn’t a one-time assembly,” Kerry stated, noting that decreasing carbon dioxide emissions reminiscent of methane and shifting away from coal dependence can be central to the dialogue.
“We’re making an attempt to work with China to determine the best way ahead. China is working onerous to develop some new applied sciences and deploy renewables for a clear vitality future. We’re wanting ahead to working with China to speed up this.”
(By Valerie Volcovici in Beijing and David Stanway in Singapore; Modifying by Peter Graff and Jonathan Otis)