USA seeks China climate agreements ahead of Biden summit

President Xi Jinping attends a plenary session of China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing last month

Kerry is the first senior official from Biden administration to visit China, Global Times said. Kerry is in talks in China on Thursday, April 15, 2021 ahead of President Joe Biden's climate summit of world leaders.

USA consulate said John Kerry will meet with his Chinese counterparts at a Shanghai hotel.

The summit comes as it seeks to shore up its leadership on global issues, such as climate change - an area where Washington's commitment had receded due to former President Donald Trump's formal withdrawal from the Paris Agreement late a year ago.

Chinese President Xi Jinping slammed the European Union's plan for a carbon tax system Friday in a call with the leaders of France and Germany, state media reported.

In Shanghai, officials are expected to discuss environmental challenges, areas which both China and the U.S. say are top priorities, as well as the upcoming UN-led climate talks to be held in Glasgow at the end of the year.

China, the world's biggest polluter, announced an ambitious target to be carbon-neutral by 2060, but analysts have warned high reliance on coal and modest short-term targets could scupper the ambition.

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The former secretary of state has been expected to talk with China's top climate negotiator, fellow veteran diplomat Xie Zhenhua.

As Trump turned away from the climate agenda, Xi made bold promises to cut emissions.

Biden has yet to announce any new targets under the 2015 Paris climate accords.

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The invitation comes as relations between Beijing and Washington are at their most strained for decades because of clashes over Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South China Sea, regional security and China's economic coercion of US allies.

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