China says agreed with U.S. to boost cooperation on climate change

by Reuters
Wednesday, 10 November 2021 19:09 GMT

China's chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua speaks during a joint China and US statement on a declaration enhancing climate action, during the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Britain November 10, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

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China will strengthen its emissions-cutting targets and intends to develop a national plan on methane, while both countries wants to do more to stop deforestation

(Updates with quote from Xie)

GLASGOW, Nov 10 (Reuters) - China's top climate negotiator on Wednesday said Beijing had agreed with the United States to boost cooperation on climate action, including by tackling emissions of methane.

Speaking through an interpreter, Xie Zhenhua told reporters at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, known as COP26, that China would strengthen its emissions-cutting targets and intended to develop a national plan on methane. He also said both countries wanted to do more to stop deforestation.

Xie said the United States and China, the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, had also reached agreement on Wednesday on a joint declaration, which would be released.

"Both sides will work jointly and with other parties to ensure a successful COP26 and to facilitate an outcome that is both ambitious and balanced," Xie said.

Britain has organised the COP 26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, which aims to secure net zero carbon emissions pledges and keep the Paris Agreement target of a 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature rise within reach to curb the impact of global warming.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is not attending the United Nations meeting in person. Instead, last week he delivered a written statement to the opening section of the summit, when leaders usually give speeches.

In it, he offered no additional pledges, while urging countries to keep their promises and "strengthen mutual trust and cooperation".

Xi pledged at the U.N. General Assembly in September that China would achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. (Reporting by Jake Spring, writing by William James; Editing by Janet Lawrence, Barbara Lewis and Alex Richardson)

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