China's foreign ministry stated that political tensions between the United States and China are bigger than climate change diplomacy and that Washington must take responsibility for the collapse in negotiations.
New Delhi: China’s foreign ministry stated that political tensions between the United States and China are bigger than climate change diplomacy and that Washington must take responsibility for the collapse in negotiations.
Another round of international climate discussions, known as COP27, is scheduled to take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, with the participation of close to 200 nations, but the gathering has the potential to be overshadowed by diplomatic tensions between the two largest producers of greenhouse gases.
Beijing and Washington worked together to advance the historic Paris Agreement in 2015 through agreements and joint statements, but after Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited Taiwan, a self-governing island that China claims, China suspended all bilateral talks in August.
“China and the United States had earlier worked on climate change, working together to get the Paris Agreement reached and brought into effect,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement late on Thursday.
“At the same time, China-U.S. climate cooperation cannot be separated from the broad atmosphere of bilateral ties.” The spokesperson pointed out that China was forced to halt the negotiations because of Pelosi’s “severe breach of Chinese sovereignty” in Taiwan.
“The American side needs to accept accountability for this.” China is “ready to engage and cooperate with all parties” to ensure the success of COP27, the spokesperson said, adding that China has not ceased collaboration with other nations and would continue to support the global climate negotiating process.
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia had already caused widespread worries about the availability of energy, and the deteriorating China-U.S. relationship has only made those worries worse, according to experts.