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The US Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12.

The US Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12.

The US and China can’t stop sniping at each other even as the world turns into a furnace.

As the Biden administration enacted the country's biggest-ever climate law worth some $374 billion, US officials couldn’t resist a dig at Beijing for ending environmental talks in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. 

“The US is acting on climate change,” Nicholas Burns, the US ambassador to China, said on Twitter, adding that Beijing should “reconsider its suspension of climate cooperation with the US.”

That drew a rebuke from China’s Foreign Ministry, with a spokesperson tweeting: “Good to hear. But what matters is: Can the US deliver?”

China may have a point. Under former President Donald Trump, the US walked away from the Paris Agreement. Even under Biden, the country has fallen short of its promise to deliver billions in climate funding for developing and vulnerable nations.