California governor Newsom meets China’s President Xi

California governor Newsom meets China’s President Xi
California governor Newsom meets China’s President Xi

By Laurie Chen

BEIJING (Reuters) -California governor met Chinese language president on Wednesday to debate local weather change, elevating hopes that China and the USA can discover widespread floor forward of an APEC summit and COP28 local weather assembly subsequent month.

Xi and U.S President Joe Biden are anticipated to fulfill on the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco in November, though the assembly has not been confirmed.

Newsom informed reporters after the assembly that he had a chance to focus extra deeply and substantively on the difficulty of local weather with Xi, whereas in addition they mentioned Israel and the lethal drug fentanyl.

“We’re not going to maneuver the needle on local weather change except the USA and China collaborate collectively,” he mentioned.

There have been “strategic pink strains” within the relationship between the world’s prime two greenhouse fuel emitters, however either side have been able to managing them, he added.

Throughout their assembly, Xi informed Newsom that there was “enormous potential” for the 2 nations to cooperate on inexperienced improvement and addressing local weather change, state broadcaster CCTV mentioned.

Xi mentioned local weather change might nonetheless change into a “new vivid spot” within the relationship between the 2 sides.

Local weather cooperation between the 2 nations has been disrupted lately, with Chinese language officers insisting that local weather points couldn’t be handled in isolation from the broader diplomatic and commerce disputes between the 2 sides.

U.S. local weather envoy John Kerry visited Beijing in July to renew formal discussions along with his Chinese language counterpart Xie Zhenhua following a year-long hiatus brought on by former Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s go to to Taiwan, a self-governing island that China claims.

Kerry’s three-day go to additionally included talks with International Minister Wang Yi and Vice-President Han Zheng, however he didn’t meet Xi.

Newsom started his week-long journey to China on Monday, visiting Hong Kong and Shenzhen earlier than assembly senior officers in Beijing on Wednesday, together with Han and Wang.

He additionally signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s planning company, the Nationwide Improvement and Reform Fee, on local weather cooperation.

(Reporting by Laurie Chen, Writing by David Stanway; Enhancing by Toby Chopra and Deborah Kyvrikosaios)

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