Climate czar John Kerry admitted that his trip to China was unproductive because it did not conclude in an agreement, according to Breitbart. Kerry reportedly stated that negotiations with the world’s largest polluter of greenhouse gases will take more time.
But Kerry also said that the meeting with the communist country’s senior officials revealed that there were points of agreement, including the desire to schedule more meetings in the future. Biden’s climate czar added that another meeting will take place in a few weeks before reiterating that something must be done to prevent a global catastrophe.
The meetings are predominantly between Kerry and his counterpart, Xie Zhenhua. But neither official is the final arbiter of climate policy. Everything goes through CCP leader Xi Jinping. In the U.S., President Joe Biden has the final say on climate policy but is facing immense pressure from the legal system for his executive orders, as well as congressional Republicans fighting against his costly measures to do away with fossil fuels.
The failed 2012 presidential candidate and liberal Republican that often sides with Democrats, Mitt Romney, admitted that climate change is not the most important issue when it comes to China. But he did reportedly add that it would be a good thing if the U.S. succeeded in getting the country to reduce carbon emissions.
During the meeting, Kerry reportedly told Wang Yi, the CCP’s top diplomat, that the U.S. is serious about “stabilizing ties” between the two countries. Nevertheless, the relationship between the U.S. and China is strained and fraught with tension as the two battle it out over tariffs, technology, human rights, and territory in the South China Sea.
In recent years, it has been revealed that China is buying up American land and surveilling the country for military application.