FIt is three weeks since the US President arrived Joe Biden Chinese President Xi Jinping has been invited to the 39th Virtual Climate Summit. The meeting is scheduled to take place next week. Xi Jinping has not yet agreed. He knows that without China, the world’s largest greenhouse emitter, there would be no progress in climate protection. How Beijing wants to use this lever is ready to work together on climate protection despite tense relations with the United States under any circumstances.
Political correspondent for China, North Korea and Mongolia.
U.S. Climate Commissioner John Kerry Must arrive in Shanghai on Wednesday evening for a three-day stay. He is the first senior government official to visit China since Biden took office. Before leaving, Kerry confirmed that he wanted to negotiate emissions issues separately from all other conflicts. “The climate issue is an independent issue. It has not been exchanged for other important differences we have with China,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
A green face?
It is uncertain whether Beijing will be involved. In January, the State Department apparently rejected Kerry’s approach. “Unlike flowers that can bloom in a greenhouse despite the winter cold, cooperation between China and the United States in private areas is closely linked to overall bilateral relations,” said spokesman Zhao Lijian at the time. No one can expect China’s support on global issues while interfering in China’s internal affairs.
The report sent Biden’s administration under test on Wednesday by sending another delegation at the same time as Kerry’s visit: former Deputy Foreign Ministers Richard Armitage and James Steinberg and former Senator Chris Todd made an “unofficial” visit to Taiwan. The White House says Python wants to send a “personal signal” of its commitment to Taiwan. From a Chinese perspective, such visits are a diplomatic improvement for the government in Taipei, which it considers separatists.
The fact that the audience is not politicians in office makes things more bearable for Beijing. Armitage, Steinberg and Todd arrived on a private plane without a national emblem. You have to be president this Thursday Sai Ing-wen Meet. Beijing’s verbal response on Wednesday was very mild. However, the military announced a targeted operation in the South China Sea.
Most recently, China responded to every U.S. gesture against Taiwan with threatening military gestures. China has responded to new Foreign Ministry regulations to encourage exchanges with the island nation, sending a large number of fighter jets to the Taiwan air defense zone. The influential party newspaper “Global Times” on Wednesday described the maneuver as a “potential test of violent reunification”.
The same newspaper rated Kerry’s visit as a sign of goodwill from Washington, saying Beijing was also interested in progress. Cooperation is one of the few areas that can be imagined even now. There is more Xi Jinping Climate protection has identified its country as a stage that distinguishes itself as a “responsible major power”. Before the UN General Assembly in September, he publicly promised that China would be CO2-neutral by 2060. It is not yet clear how it wants to achieve this goal. The new five-year plan does so without ambitious goals, with climate activists expecting answers.
In the U.S. view, the aim is to involve China in reducing coal-fired power generation, which currently accounts for 65 percent of China’s energy needs. So far, however, the country is moving in a different direction: last year, 30 gigawatts of capacity was added, and more projects with a capacity of nearly 200 gigawatts are planned. U.S. critics consider Xi Jinping’s announcement a “green face.” Addressing these critics, Kerry, in an interview with the “Wall Street Journal”, promised that China’s climate obligations would be verifiable. For example, he cited the possibility of measuring industrial emissions from space.