The White House has signaled that after four years of his predecessor Donald J. Trump belittling the issue, Mr Biden will announce more ambitious plans to reduce emissions domestically.
“We have seen commitments before that fall short of everyone,” said Kerry. “I mean, to be honest, we’ve all come up short. The whole world has come up short right now. This is not just one nation’s pointing exercise.”
Mr. Kerry met with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua in Shanghai for three days for talks that at one point lasted late into the night. Mr Kerry said they had continued to focus on climate change and not deal with increasingly heated disputes over issues such as China’s policy in Hong Kong and its threats to Taiwan.
On Friday, when the two envoys met, the State Department harshly criticized Hong Kong’s sentences on prominent pro-democracy leaders, including Jimmy Lai, a 72-year-old newspaper tycoon. China the same day warned the United States and Japan against “collusion” when Mr Biden met Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the White House, with China’s rising ambitions being one of the main topics on the table.
Chinese officials and the state news media noticed Mr. Kerry’s visit, but downplayed it significantly and instead focused on Mr. Xi’s meetings. In the joint statement with the United States, however, the Chinese government promised to do more for the climate, but without specifying any concrete steps.
The statement said that ahead of the next international climate conference in Glasgow in November, both countries would develop “long-term strategies” to achieve carbon neutrality – the point at which a country no longer emits more carbon than it removes from the atmosphere .
in the a joint statement Following the White House meetings between Mr Biden and Mr Suga, the United States and Japan said they wanted to be carbon neutral by 2050 by promoting renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and storage, and innovations in capturing and recycling carbon from the atmosphere promote.