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September 2, 2021

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Virtual Meeting with People’s Republic of China Vice Premier Han Zheng


For attribution to a State Department spokesperson:

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met virtually today from Tianjin, China with People’s Republic of China Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss the importance of U.S.-China cooperation in the global effort to reduce emissions and tackle the climate crisis.  Secretary Kerry underscored there is no way for the world to solve the climate crisis without the full engagement and commitment of the PRC, which produces 27 percent of global emissions.  Without significant reduction efforts by the PRC, we cannot meet the goal to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.   Secretary Kerry emphasized the importance of the world taking serious climate actions in this critical decade and strengthening global climate ambition ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Secretary Kerry is on travel to Tianjin, China to continue discussions following meetings in April in Shanghai, China on key aspects of the climate crisis, as outlined in the U.S.-China Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Crisis.  Additional information on Secretary Kerry’s travel is available in this Media Note.