Despite the U.S. media’s attempt to put a positive spin on special envoy for climate John Kerry’s visit to Shanghai, China last week, the truth is that he accomplished little to nothing and that the Chinese government treated him with disrespect.
According to human rights activist and author Jennifer Zeng, “The #CCP hired a bus from a travel company for John Kerry, and no longer arranges for officials at the state councilor level to meet him. How humiliating.”
Pictured below, Kerry is seen sitting on that bus – at the back of the bus. Is that any way to treat a diplomat?
Chinese put John Kerry at the back of the bus…
Tour bus for Kerry visit – no official vehicle for Climate Clown
Made him wait for officials to meet him pic.twitter.com/kuiAGcNNox
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The Associated Press reported that the U.S. and China had “agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with urgency.”
A joint statement was issued at the end of the talks which said: The United States and China “are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands.”
The South China Moon Post reported the story in a far more negative light. The headline read: “US climate envoy John Kerry ends China trip with little to show.”
The lede said, “Beijing remains tight-lipped about chances of Xi Jinping joining Joe Biden’s climate summit next week. … Former secretary of state was first senior figure from new administration to visit China and strained relations may hinder efforts to fight climate change.”
Here are several excerpts from the SCMP report:
China has upped the ante by calling on the US to shoulder more responsibility.
“China attaches importance to dialogue and cooperation on climate change with the US side,” vice-premier Han Zheng told Kerry during a virtual meeting on Friday, according to state news agency Xinhua.
“China welcomes the US return to the Paris agreement and expects the US side to uphold the agreement, shoulder its due responsibilities and make due contributions.”
Beijing regards US demands on climate as part of Washington’s grand strategy to curb China’s economic growth and force China to give up its energy-intensive, highly polluting development model, said Pang Zhongying, an international affairs specialist at the Ocean University of China.
“The expectations that climate cooperation could help reverse the downward spiral in bilateral ties are largely misplaced,” he said.
“With both China and the US hardening their stance towards each other, it’s getting harder by the day for them to still cooperate on climate in the middle of deepening, across-the-board competition. Kerry’s visit may be further proof that the window of opportunity for bilateral cooperation is closing.”
“For a big country with 1.4 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered,” he said, referring to Xi’s surprise announcement last year that China would be carbon-neutral by 2060 and aim to reach a peak in its emissions by 2030.
“Some countries are asking China to do more on climate change. I am afraid this is not very realistic.”
Xi himself also weighed in on Friday, trying to win support from the European Union despite recent tensions over China’s crackdown in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
During a virtual meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said he welcomed cooperation between China and the EU but, according to Xinhua, warned climate change “should not become a geopolitical chip, a target for attacking other countries or an excuse for trade barriers”.
H/T: Gateway Pundit