China says it has agreed with the US to look into local weather change and a handful of different points, in an indication of small however attainable progress after testy talks between the 2 powers.
The official Xinhua Information Company mentioned that following talks in Alaska, China and the US had determined to arrange a working group on local weather change and maintain talks “to facilitate actions of … diplomatic and consular missions” and on points associated to one another’s journalists.
The 2 international locations feuded over journalist visas and consulates through the Trump administration, and local weather change is seen as one space the place they can cooperate.
Senior US administration officers held their first face-to-face assembly with their Chinese language counterparts in Alaska since Joe Biden took workplace earlier this yr.
The talks opened with tense and prolonged exchanges in entrance of tv cameras, earlier than they retreated behind closed doorways.
The 2 international locations are at odds over a variety of points from commerce to human rights in Tibet, Hong Kong and China’s western Xinjiang area, in addition to Taiwan, China’s assertiveness within the South China Sea and the coronavirus pandemic.
“The US aspect mustn’t underestimate China’s dedication to safeguard nationwide sovereignty, safety and growth pursuits,” Overseas Minister Wang Yi informed Chinese language media after the assembly.
The Biden administration has but to sign whether or not it is going to again away from the hardline stances taken below president Donald Trump.
The Xinhua report didn’t present any particulars on the local weather change working group, aside from to say each international locations have been dedicated to enhancing communication and cooperation within the discipline.
It additionally mentioned the the 2 sides mentioned adjusting COVID-19 journey and visa insurance policies and reciprocal preparations for vaccination of their diplomats.
Whereas the report mentioned each international locations agreed to carry talks on consular missions and journalists, it didn’t point out the earlier disputes.
The US ordered the closure of the Chinese language consulate in Houston final yr, and China responded by closing he U.S. consulate within the metropolis of Chengdu.
Chinese language journalists within the US and overseas journalists working for US media in China at the moment are being granted solely three-month stays, including uncertainty to their work, although these stays have been usually renewed.