Published: Fri, April 16, 2021
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China says U.S. 'too negative' toward China BEIJING

China says U.S. 'too negative' toward China BEIJING

But Beijing unexpectedly announced Xi would join an online French-German climate summit on Friday "at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron".

Xi stressed that he always advocates building a community with a shared future for humanity and stands ready to strengthen cooperation with France and Germany on climate change. The virtual meeting invites participants to announce new, more ambitious environmental objectives.

The United States is renewing a call that all nations including the USA and China "must raise their ambitions" on carbon neutrality, as officials from the world's two largest emitters held talks in Shanghai on Thursday.

Perceptions of what Friday's virtual meeting was about were quite different in recent days.

Some analysts say the Biden administration is so far separating its concerns about climate change from the region's key issues such as China's reported human rights violations and increasing territorial aggression. That was later revised to "video summit".

A top Chinese diplomat has called US policy on China "too negative", saying it highlights confrontation over co-operation.

US officials and analysts say Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry's consultations with his Chinese counterparts this week are paving the way for next week's virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, but caution against a quick breakthrough.

Each year, the world's two biggest economies spew out more than half of the greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

"For a big country with 1.4 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered", Le said.

China is now the largest producer of greenhouse gases.

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

"The US CLIMATE Act represents an important step forward in ensuring Congress does its part in providing resources, programs and policy to expedite the restoration of our nation's climate diplomacy and leadership", he said. The United States is the second most polluting country on the planet. But it's small beer compared to Kerry's effort to get China to change the year its emissions will peak from 2030 to 2025.

For Beijing the optics are tricky. The official said China was ready to expand cooperation with European countries on environmental issues and argued that the issue should not be politicized.

Kalina Oroschakoff, Stuart Lau and Rym Momtaz contributed reporting.

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