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Kerry Urges Global Cooperation, Including From China, on Climate Change

Kerry Urges Global Cooperation, Including From China, on Climate Change

WASHINGTON - John Kerry, in Asia on his first trip as the special presidential envoy for climate, is urging cooperation between the U.S. and China, and everyone else, on climate change because "no one nation can solve this problem by itself — impossible. Each of us needs everybody else at the table to make this happen."

Speaking with CNBC after attending the Regional Dialogue for Climate Action in Abu Dhabi, hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kerry said, "This is not about China, this is not a counter to China. This is about China, the United States, India, Russia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia, a bunch of countries that are emitting a pretty sizable amount, the United States and China the most."

Kerry's remarks on Sunday came before a visit to India from April 5 to April 8 and to Bangladesh on April 9. "India is getting the job done on climate, pushing the curve," Kerry said in New Delhi on Tuesday, according to Reuters. "You are indisputably a world leader already in the deployment of renewable energy."

Both stops are aimed at emphasizing the Biden administration's pursuit of an international commitment to address climate change.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Kerry will not meet China's climate czar Xie Zhenhua on this outing, although the two know each other from previous interactions.

Xie is a central figure in Beijing's plan to eliminate carbon emissions by 2060 and its chief negotiator at the 200-country-strong Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Xie's relationship with his U.S. counterpart Todd Stern is believed to have helped push the Paris accord over the line in late 2015, according to Reuters.

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