Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Beijing ties teamwork on climate to US links



Beijing ties teamwork on climate to US links

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Tensions between China and the United States have soared in recent months. AFP

Beijing ties teamwork on climate to US links

Beijing on July 21 said climate cooperation with Washington will depend on the overall strength of Sino-US relations, after US climate star John Kerry urged China to curb emissions quickly.

Sino-US tensions have soared in recent months and tackling climate change is among a handful of issues where the two sides have agreed to work together.

However, after Kerry called on Beijing to act more rapidly on climate challenges, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian warned that cooperation on environmental issues could be affected by deteriorating Sino-US relations.

“I want to emphasise that the cooperation between China and the United States in specific fields is closely related to the overall health of Sino-US relations,” Zhao told a press briefing on July 21.

“The US should not wantonly interfere in China’s internal affairs to the detriment of China’s interests, while demanding China’s understanding and support on bilateral and global affairs.”

Kerry on July 19 called on Chinese policymakers to ensure emissions peak before the targeted deadline in 2030 since it was “the only way to break free from the world’s current mutual suicide pact”.

The goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius was “essentially impossible” without “sufficient reduction by China”, he said during a policy speech in London.

Kerry visited Shanghai in April as he looks to cooperate on climate change despite friction on other fronts.

MOST VIEWED

  • Time to avert disastrous Covid situation: officials

    The Covid-19 situation in Cambodia is heading towards further large-scale community transmission as the total number of confirmed cases is nearing 61,000 and the death toll passed 900 on July 10, senior health officials warned. Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine expressed concern that the country was going

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Baby saved as mother is lost to Covid

    Newborn baby Neth David has had a rough start in the world. His mother, Vong Daneth, was seven months pregnant when she contracted a severe case of Covid-19. When it became clear to her doctors that she would not survive, they performed a cesarean section

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Hun Sen: Get 12-17 age group ready for Covid jabs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has told parents of children aged 12-17 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk to get them ready for vaccinations soon. “There is a need to vaccinate children and youths aged 12 to 17. According to the statistics provided