The US and China have unveiled a deal to boost climate cooperation over the next decade, in a surprise announcement during the UN climate talks in Glasgow.
Beijing’s climate envoy stressed in a news conference on Wednesday that there is more commonality between the two countries than divergence, adding that the climate crisis is a common challenge for humanity as a whole.
“On climate change, there is more agreement between China and the US than divergence, making it an area with enormous potential for cooperation. With two days left until the end of the summit, we hope that this joint statement will bring China and the US will be its “contributor to success.”
Shortly afterwards, US climate envoy John Kerry said at a news conference that he was happy with the agreement between the two countries.
“The United States and China have no shortage of differences, but on climate, on climate, cooperation is the only way to get this job done. Frankly, this is not a discretionary matter. This is science. It is math and physics which is the road we must travel.”
The world’s two largest emitters of CO2 have agreed to create a working group to ramp up action in the 2020s, which they described as a (quote) “key decade”.
Washington and Beijing stressed that the group will focus on concrete measures ranging from tackling methane to illegal deforestation.
The deal provides new momentum in the final days of global climate negotiations, while also marking a rare moment of collaboration between the two superpowers mired in geopolitical rivalry.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.