Biden hopes to meet with China’s Xi Jinping on climate change

Biden hopes to meet with China’s Xi Jinping on climate change


Biden administration officials are working to make climate change part of possible G20 discussions between the president and Chinese President Xi Jinping. summit It is planned for this month in Bali, Indonesia, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks have not been officially announced.

US officials have publicly said they are working on such a meeting. It will aim to ease friction between the two world powers, which are increasingly at odds over trade, the pandemic, human rights and the future of Taiwan.

Administration officials are looking for areas of common interest that could lead to warm and productive discussions, and climate change is one of the few candidates, the people said. Both administrations have pledged to work to stop global warming and greenlighted new talks between the heads of state could open the door to dialogue between the two countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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Beijing stopped the climate negotiations with the United States in response to the visit of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (California). to Taiwan in August That has raised doubts about the possibility of success at the COP in Egypt, where the United States and China are usually the two biggest deal-makers.

An announcement about the Biden-X climate talks at the G-20 could come within days to help resolve the issue, one of the people said. Biden is scheduled to arrive in Bali on Nov. 13 and may meet with Xi on Nov. 14 after his brief stopover in Egypt for COP27.

The U.S.-China dynamic has re-emerged as a key dynamic to find money to help other countries deal with climate change, which is key to success in Egypt, White House chief adviser John D. Podesta. Progress has stalled since China made deals and pledged cooperation with the United States and others at last year’s COP, he added.

“Not much has happened and there’s relatively little dialogue,” he said. “I think the whole world will ask: what is happening to China? … They’re a bit MIA.”

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