Nobody expected that. China and the United States issued a joint climate statement

Relations between the world’s largest economies have not been as cool for a long time as it is now. Both China and the United States have been engaged in a silent race for several years, both on Earth and in space. Meanwhile, during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, to everyone’s surprise, both countries issued a joint statement.

In a short statement, both countries declared their willingness to cooperate in the development of a common legal framework on which to base actions aimed at reducing the amount of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide or methane, forest protection and joint exchange of technologies and information enabling effective inhibition of climate change in the coming several years. China has pledged to prepare an ambitious and precise plan to reduce methane emissions. The plan should be ready for the COP27 summit in Egypt next November.

It is worth noting here that the declaration was presented by two countries that are the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. Thus, any effective measures that will be implemented in them may have a significant impact on climate change on a global scale.

As analysts emphasize, the cooperation of both countries gives some hope that the coordinated actions between the two countries will be more effective than if both countries independently implement two different programs to inhibit climate change. Wednesday’s declaration will certainly influence the final decisions of the COP26 summit that is currently underway.

John Kerry, the US special envoy for climate, compared the statement to talks between the US and the Soviet Union to limit the expansion of the nuclear arsenal during the Cold War.
Xie Zhenhua, who is the equivalent of Kerry on the Chinese side, argues that both countries agree with each other on most of the climate issues.

Skeptics note, however, that the declaration does not set out any specific targets for limiting the rise in average temperatures on Earth. Most likely, we will not hear such declarations after the virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, scheduled for Monday.