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China Snipes at Biden’s Big Climate Win: ‘Can the US Deliver?’

  • Diplomats for world’s top climate polluters spar on Twitter
  • US-China talks on issue were suspended after Taiwan visit
President Joe Biden speaks before signing the US’s biggest-ever climate law in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16.

President Joe Biden speaks before signing the US’s biggest-ever climate law in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

The US just enacted its biggest-ever climate law with massive investments in clean energy that will help significantly slash greenhouse gas emissions. 

But euphoria over the achievement is dimmed by a sobering reality: Talks between Beijing and Washington on the issue have collapsed -- and now diplomats for the world’s two biggest climate polluters are sparring on Twitter, underscoring the tensions threatening global efforts to curb rising temperatures.