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China Ties Climate to Better U.S. Relations in Kerry Talks

  • Kerry spoke with top Chinese leaders during his Tianjin trip
  • Nations struggling to reset relations that frayed under Trump
Wang Yi, left, and John Kerry speak via a video link. 
Wang Yi, left, and John Kerry speak via a video link. Source: U.S. Department of State
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U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said political tensions with China affect the outlook for climate cooperation, as top Chinese officials pushed Washington to commit to improvements in their broader relationship.

“If you have three major leaders publicly telling President Biden’s climate envoy that this is affecting outlook, it affects the outlook,” Kerry said during a media briefing Thursday in response to a question on whether U.S.-China tensions are having an impact on climate cooperation.