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COP26: US, China unveil surprising deal to cooperate more on climate crisis | world news

China and the United States unveiled a surprise deal early Thursday and issued a joint statement on climate cooperation, pledging to work together to slow global warming this decade and ensure talks in Glasgow move forward. The framework agreement was announced by US climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26).

The world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases said they would take “enhanced climate action” to meet the central goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement – limiting warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and if possible not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The agreement is called the China-US Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s. “The two sides said they appreciated the work done so far and pledged to continue to work with all parties to strengthen the implementation of the Paris Agreement,” the Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

“Based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities and taking into account national circumstances, more climate action will be taken to effectively address the climate crisis,” the Xinhua report said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed a joint statement between China and the US on strengthening climate action at the Glasgow conference on Wednesday. “I welcome today’s agreement between China and the US to work together to take more ambitious #ClimateAction in this decade,” Guterres tweeted. “Tackling the climate crisis requires international cooperation and solidarity, and this is an important step in the right direction.”

Beijing and Washington have agreed to establish a working group on strengthening climate action in the 2020s to promote climate change cooperation between the two countries and multilateral processes.

Chinese President Xi Jinping did not attend the UN meeting in person, but instead made a written statement to the opening portion of the summit, where leaders usually deliver speeches.

In it, he made no additional commitments, but urged countries to honor their promises and “strengthen mutual trust and cooperation”.

Xi pledged at the UN General Assembly in September that China would achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

Interestingly, the US and China signed a climate deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions during former President Barack Obama’s visit to China exactly seven years ago in November 2014.

According to Reuters, U.S. officials had said at the time that the pledges made by the world’s two biggest carbon polluters came after months of backroom negotiations and would pave the way for a global climate control pact, but experts said the limits would not open any significant new avenues.