Renewed Biden-Xi cooperation on climate change relieves COP27 negotiators

After speaking at COP27 on Friday, President Biden flew to Indonesia where he met Xi Jinping ahead of the G20 summit. Leaders’ rapprochement and renewed cooperation on climate change were hailed as “essential” for the COP27 negotiations.

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed on Monday to resume cooperation on climate change, providing a much-needed boost to pessimistic COP27 negotiations.

Leaders of the world’s largest economies and the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases gathered at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. It was the first in-person meeting since President Biden took office last year and the first time they have spoken since Speaker Nancy Pelosi. controversial visit to Taiwan earlier this year, leading to the suspension of climate change cooperation that Beijing and Washington agreed to last year COP26 Summit in Glasgow.

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Xi and Biden will ‘work together to address transnational challenges’ – a White House reading out loud of the meeting said. Climate change, global macroeconomic stability and food safety amid the conflict in Ukraine were cited as the most pressing global issues the two discussed.

News of long-standing renewed cooperation on climate change between China and the United States came as a relief to COP27 negotiators in Egypt, who had hoped the G20 meeting could yield more money and bold commitments in climate change. fight against global warming. “This unequivocal signal from the two largest economies to work together to tackle the climate crisis is more than welcome, it is essential,” said Manish Bapna, president and CEO of the American nonprofit. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

“There is no way to meet the climate challenge we face without the cooperation of all members of the G20 and in particular without the cooperation of the two largest economies, the United States and China,” said the UN Secretary General. said António Guterres. “And I’m very happy that the countries had a summit today.”

Speaking in Bali on Monday, Guterres urged G20 countries – responsible for 80% of global emissions – to accelerate the transition to clean energy and “provide governments in the Global South with investment and liquidity, and offer debt relief and restructuring”.

“The action – or inaction – of the G20 will determine whether every member of our human family has a chance to live sustainably and peacefully on a healthy planet,” he added.

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Teresa H. Sadler