China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets John Kerry via video link on September 1, during the US climate envoy’s visit to Tianjin. Photo: AFP/US Department of State China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets John Kerry via video link on September 1, during the US climate envoy’s visit to Tianjin. Photo: AFP/US Department of State
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets John Kerry via video link on September 1, during the US climate envoy’s visit to Tianjin. Photo: AFP/US Department of State
Shi Jiangtao
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As I see it by Shi Jiangtao

Climate crisis: China’s all-or-nothing stand on talks leaves John Kerry cornered

  • China sees US climate diplomacy as part of a grand bargain with the rival power. If climate cooperation must be an ‘oasis’, it can’t be ringed by ‘deserts’
  • Given his own limited remit, and the Biden administration’s refusal to trade concessions for climate progress, Kerry is left in an almost impossible position

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets John Kerry via video link on September 1, during the US climate envoy’s visit to Tianjin. Photo: AFP/US Department of State China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets John Kerry via video link on September 1, during the US climate envoy’s visit to Tianjin. Photo: AFP/US Department of State
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets John Kerry via video link on September 1, during the US climate envoy’s visit to Tianjin. Photo: AFP/US Department of State
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