differences do not have to get in the way of something as critical as dealing with climate. When I was in China the other day, we negotiated back and forth in good faith.”climate envoy John Kerry said the U.S. and China’s “differences on human rights” should not preclude the countries from working together to . “Right now, the climate is enough of an imperative for all of our countries. China doesn’t benefit from not having America as a partner in climate management. And the United as a partner in climate,” Kerry told Foreign Policy magazine in an interview. “We have differences on economic rules, on cyber. We have other differences in human rights and geostrategic interests. Still, those
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“My sense is the Chinese know that there is a benefit to both of us being able to resolve thebecause our citizens are deeply affected by our failure to do so,” he continued. In March, the sanctioned Chinese government officials over “serious human rights abuse” against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It warned that China would continue to face the consequences should the “atrocities” continue. May 18, 2015: U.S. Secretary of question during a joint news conference following meetings with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun BByung-Seat the Foreign Ministry in Seoul. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
Kerry called the Chinese “well-practiced and strong negotiators.” “China accounts for 30% of the world’s emissions, and Mother Nature doesn’t measure whether it came from China, the United States, or Timbuktu,” he said. “The fact is that it’s the total of all those emissions that are affecting our climate. So we all have to contribute to the reduction. Even if the went to zero tomorrow, we’d still have a problem because 85% of the rest of the emissions come from the rest of the world. So this is truly a global challenge, and our response is not yet global”
Last week, Biden urged world leaders to act quickly and together to confront the consequences of Earth’sbut nid not specifically address heavy polluters like China. However, Kerry visited China just before and renewed joint efforts to tackle the issue during talks in Shanghai. The has vowed to slash U.S. in half by 2030. Speaking at an economic forum last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping the “unilateralism of individual countries” in an apparent swipe at the U.S. Kerry has a seat on the Council as the special presidential envoy for the climate.