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An array of solar panels in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northwestern China. An array of solar panels in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northwestern China, Oct. 10, 2015 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

Add Climate Diplomacy to the U.S.-China Rivalry

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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The United States and China struck a rare cooperative tone in a joint statement issued after two days of meetings between John Kerry, the Biden administration’s climate envoy, and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, in Shanghai last week. That contrasted starkly with the confrontational public remarks that preceded the first high-level meeting between the two countries’ representatives in Alaska last month. But despite the changed tone coming out of Kerry’s visit, opinions are divided over whether it will have any long-term impact—on U.S.-China relations or on climate diplomacy. ...

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