As two big countries, China and the United States should work together so that the entire world could benefit, said an Australian scholar in an interview with Xinhua ahead of a virtual summit on climate change slated for April 22-23.
Richie Merzian, a former Australian government negotiator to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is the director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Australia Institute, and on the Advisory Committee for the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University.
Talking about the possible talks between China and the United States, Merzian expected to see positive outcome.
‘It’s only because China and the U.S. came together in 2015 that we had a Paris agreement,’ he said. ‘That is how important both those countries are to global efforts.’
‘Now we seem to have the same leadership in charge of the negotiations,’ he added. ‘You have John Kerry, who is the Special Envoy for Climate of (U.S.) President (Joe) Biden, and you have Xie Zhenhua (China’s special envoy for climate change affairs), who is the representative for China. Both of them were in charge of the negotiations six years ago.’
He said it was in the interest of China and the United States to address climate change, both of whom suffered consequences such as increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events.