Beijing says U.S. 'too negative' toward China

Darnell Taylor
April 16, 2021

"The new United States government's positions and pledges on climate change and fossil fuels represent a world of difference from the Trump era", Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), said.

"We simply can not get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 unless the financial sector knows what impact their investments are having on the climate", he said.

"They supported the approach of China, to also adjust short-term [emissions] reduction goals", the German readout said.

Some analysts say the Biden administration is so far separating its concerns about climate change from the region's key issues such as China's reported human rights violations and increasing territorial aggression.

China's leader Xi Jinping is yet to confirm if he will attend the summit.

Biden has yet to announce any new targets under the Paris agreement.

With U.S. climate envoy John Kerry in Shanghai, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told the Associated Press that the U.S. approach was "too negative" and lacked "a forward-looking spirit".

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will join a virtual climate summit with France and Germany, Beijing announced Thursday, as USA envoy John Kerry visited Shanghai to drum up support from the world's biggest polluter for America's drive to address environmental challenges.

Each year, the world's two biggest economies spew out more than half of the greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

Around 200 of the country's biggest companies and several foreign firms that meet the NZ$1 billion threshold will come under the legislation. "Some countries are asking China to do more on climate change".

Xi did make some concrete promises in Friday's call.

"The US CLIMATE Act represents an important step forward in ensuring Congress does its part in providing resources, programs and policy to expedite the restoration of our nation's climate diplomacy and leadership", he said.

Despite significant investments in renewable energy and the implementation of strong national greenhouse gas mitigation policies, India continues to operate some of the world's dirtiest fossil fuel power plants and has high emissions generated from its transportation sector, it said. But it's small beer compared to Kerry's effort to get China to change the year its emissions will peak from 2030 to 2025. Making any climate announcement at Biden's summit would hand the US a diplomatic victory.

The leaders of the three countries exchanged in-depth views on cooperation on addressing various issues at the summit.

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