John Kerry, the United States’ climate envoy is on his way to China to discuss joint efforts on climate change, the Biden administration shared. The Washington Post was first to report the visit.

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The meeting signals the importance of the climate crisis in international talks. As a country, China is the number one carbon emitter and experts share that the country is a crucial part of global climate discussions.

Kerry’s visit will be the first of any administration official to China since the Biden team took office on January 20. The United States wants China to stop building coal-fired power stations and stop financing coal overseas. Byford Tsang from the think tank E3G told BBC News, “China is operating half the world’s coal capacity – and it’s still been expanding despite the pandemic.”

Speaking to CNN, Kerry said China’s input was “absolutely critical” to battle the climate crisis, “Yes, we have big disagreements with China on some key issues, absolutely. But climate has to stand alone.”

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Bernice Lee, a China expert at the UK think tank Chatham House, told BBC News, “This is good news. At least they’re talking in the run-up to the summit. There will be big issues for both sides to resolve. But they must be resolved.”

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