Beijing said on Wednesday (21) that climate cooperation with Washington will depend on the evolution of relations between both countries, after the US special envoy for the climate, John Kerry, asked China to accelerate the reduction of its emissions.
Tensions between China and the United States have increased in recent months due to cross-criticisms about respecting human rights and the initial management of the coronavirus pandemic.
Combating climate change is part of the many problems the two countries have agreed to tackle together.
However, after Kerry on Monday urged Beijing to act faster on climate change, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned that cooperation on climate change could be affected by deteriorating relations between the two countries.
“I want to emphasize that cooperation between China and the United States in specific areas is closely linked to the health of Chinese-US relations,” Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday.
Washington recently angered China by issuing a warning about the growing risks for companies in Hong Kong due to restrictions imposed by China. Shortly before, the US Senate voted to ban the import of products from the Chinese region of Xinjiang, after allegations of forced labor by the Uighur Muslim community.
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