China’s Climate Commitment and Push for Improved U.S. Relations: A Dual Focus
China’s Green Commitment and Climate Change Address
On September 26, Wang Yi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission, met with Sultan, the upcoming chair of the United Nations Climate Change Conference and special envoy for climate change affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in Beijing. The meeting centered on China’s commitment to green, sustainable development and its proactive approach to climate change.
During the visit, Wang Yi expressed China’s full support for the UAE in hosting the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai. He displayed a willingness to maintain close communication and cooperation to ensure the conference’s success. Sultan commended China’s significant contribution to global sustainable development and expressed his expectation to work jointly with China for the conference’s historic success.
Call for Improved U.S.-China Relations
In a separate meeting with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Wang Yi addressed the downturn in China-U.S. relations. He voiced that the current state of affairs does not serve the interests of the people of the two nations and does not meet the expectations of the international community or the trend of the times.
Wang Yi urged the U.S. to return to a rational and pragmatic approach to its policy towards China. He called for concrete actions, expansion of the positive list, narrowing down of the negative list, and exploration of peaceful coexistence between the two major powers. Paulson welcomed the recent resumption and maintenance of dialogue between China and the U.S. He agreed that both sides should find the right way to coexist, build trust, and promote stability and improvement in China-U.S. relations. The Paulson Foundation pledged to continue playing a positive role in strengthening communication and exchange between the U.S. and China.
A Dual Focus: Climate Change Commitment and Improved Relations
The key takeaway from these meetings is China’s commitment to green, sustainable development and climate change, as well as its call for improved relations with the U.S. based on mutual trust and peaceful coexistence. This dual focus signifies China’s broader strategy to actively contribute to global efforts to combat climate change while also seeking to repair and enhance its relations with other major powers like the U.S.
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