“There is more agreement between the United States and China than divergence, which makes it an area of enormous potential for cooperation,” China’s climate envoy Xie Zhenhua told a news conference. “The publication of this joint statement shows once again that cooperation is the only option for both China and the United States. By working together, our two countries can achieve many important things that are beneficial not only to our two countries but to the United States. world in general. ”
Xie did not commit China to the Global Methane Pledge, which has been spearheaded by the United States and the EU and requires signatories to cut methane emissions by about a third. He also did not commit the country to any other major international agreements, saying China wanted “differentiated” responsibilities.
However, Xie said that China intends to develop its own national plan for methane.
“In terms of methane, the United States has announced … [a methane] China intends to develop a national plan on methane, and we will also encourage and enhance cooperation regarding methane measurement and mitigation, “Xie said.
He added that the United States and China are “committed to making our cooperation more concrete and pragmatic and building on institutions and mechanisms,” and said both countries intend to establish a working group to improve climate action in the 2020s.
The United States and China are the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, and a rivalry between the two nations has hampered success in several global climate negotiations. The two nations limited the success of the Kyoto Protocol, which preceded the 2015 Paris Agreement. China was not required to join as a developing country, and the United States refused to sign without China.