China is willing to strengthen cooperation with France and Germany to tackle climate change, President Xi Jinping told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese state media reported on Friday.
Xi announced last year that China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, would reach peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.
“Responding to climate change is a common cause of all humanity and it should not be a geopolitical bargaining chip, a target for attacks on other countries or an excuse for trade barriers,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying in a video summit. with European leaders. Read more
The US State Department, then under the Trump administration, said in September that China had demonstrated a “deliberate neglect” of air, land and water quality, and endangered global health with its greenhouse gases, drawing sharp criticism from Beijing.
The video summit was held while US climate special envoy John Kerry was in Shanghai to speak with his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua. Read more
China-EU relations face new opportunities and challenges, Xinhua quoted Xi as saying, adding that Beijing will create a fair and non-discriminatory environment for foreign companies including French and German companies, and hopes Europe can treat Chinese companies in the same positive way. .
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