By Ivan Maltsev
The special envoy on climate told Chinese leaders that ecology is not connected with politics.
U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry called on Chinese leaders to strive to achieve “the highest goals” to curb the growth of global average temperatures, stressing that the climate crisis is not related to politics. Kerry said this while talking to reporters on Thursday.
During Kerry’s visit to China, senior Chinese diplomats told him that the issue of climate change could not be separated from the broader political disputes between the two countries.
“I told them that the climate is not an ideological, partisan, or geostrategic weapon,” Kerry told reporters during a conference call after two days of talks with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua in the city of Tianjin, located in northern China.
According to Kerry, although China is making many efforts to combat growing greenhouse gas emissions, it currently accounts for more emissions than all OECD countries, and Beijing “can do more.”