The Special Envoy said that disagreements should not hinder this with Beijing on other issues.
The US President’s Special Envoy on Climate Issues, John Kerry, said that Washington hopes to cooperate with China in addressing climate change, despite long-standing differences that have affected bilateral relations.
“We hope to be able to work with China,” Kerry told reporters during a visit to the United Arab Emirates ‘ capital, Abu Dhabi.
“President Biden has made it clear, and I have made it clear, that no other issue in our relationship with China – and there are such issues – is a hostage or a bargaining chip in exchange for what we need to do on climate,” Kerry added.
China-US relations have been strained in recent years by disagreements over trade, the treatment of the Uighur minority, and China’s actions in Taiwan and Hong Kong.