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Joe Biden hosts Leaders Summit on Climate on Earth Day

Joe Biden hosts Leaders Summit on Climate on Earth Day”

Climate change has been a major area of focus for Biden.

President Joe Biden on Thursday will kick off a climate summit attended by 40 other world leaders by announcing an ambitious cut in greenhouse gas emissions as he looks to put the United States back at the center of the global effort to address the climate crisis and curb carbon emissions. However, a White House official said a final decision had not been made.

President Biden and Vice President Harris will open the inaugural session of the Summit.

Last week, USA climate envoy John Kerry traveled to Shanghai to meet his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, marking the first high-level visit to China by a Biden administration official.

Washington and Beijing's pledge to cooperate comes amid acrimony over accusations about China's policies in Hong Kong and its treatment of Uyghurs in its northwestern Xinjiang region - criticisms Beijing rejects as interference in its domestic affairs.

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China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, has expressed eagerness to work in tandem with the United States, the second-largest emitter, on combating the impact of global warming despite their increasing rivalry for military and economic supremacy.

The talks also marked a resumption of climate dialogue halted during the Donald Trump administration, who withdrew from the Paris agreement.

The plan is also set to push the US forward in reaching a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, along with the more challenging goal of meeting a net zero emissions economy by 2050.

Following the talks between Kerry and Xie, Beijing and Washington said they agreed to take enhanced actions to strengthen the implementation of the Paris agreement, sidestepping their disputes including over China's alleged human rights abuses.

Xi joined another virtual climate summit with France and Germany last week, where he said developed countries should "set an example" in reducing emissions and support developing nations' responses to climate change, state news agency Xinhua reported.



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