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U.S. enovy John Kerry in China for talks forward of local weather summit

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An unofficial delegation is concurrently visiting Taiwan drawing a pointy response from China.

In the primary important go to by an official of the Biden administration to China, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry arrived in Shanghai for talks with senior Chinese officers.

Mr. Kerry will meet China’s high local weather official, Xie Zhenhua, and may additionally meet with different senior officers together with Politburo member and high diplomat Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The first go to from the brand new administration in Washington follows final month’s dialogue in Alaska, the place officers from either side traded barbs publicly in an uncommon trade performed out in entrance of the cameras.

Despite that starting, the go to underlines that the Biden administration does plan to hunt a gathering floor with China on some points, together with local weather change in addition to Iran and North Korea.

The U.S. State Department stated the go to was aimed toward discussing “raising global climate ambition ahead of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate” which will be held virtually on April 22 and 23, to which 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, have been invited. The climate summit will push for an agreement to keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius-global warming limit “within reach”.

Just as Mr. Kerry landed in Shanghai, the White House also announced an “unofficial delegation” to Taiwan comprising former senator Chris Dodd and former deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and Jim Steinberg, to send “an important signal about the U.S. commitment to Taiwan and its democracy”.

That brought a sharp response from China, with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian saying on Friday “the Taiwan question bears on China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests.”

“The U.S. ought to totally grasp the extremely delicate nature of the Taiwan query, earnestly abide by the one-China precept and the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, prudently deal with Taiwan-related points,” he stated, “and refrain from sending any wrong signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces to avoid serious damage to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait as well as China-U.S. coordination and cooperation in key areas.”

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