Washington, D.C. — As U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping today, the two countries announced a joint statement outlining areas of cooperation to tackle the climate crisis. The agreement ranges from commitments to increase renewable energy capacity and replace fossil fuels to combating deforestation. In response, Frances Colón, senior director for International Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:
This agreement is an important step in showing that the United States and China are committed to implementing the Paris Agreement and safeguarding our planet from the ravages of climate change. It helps set the stage for collaborative discussions at the upcoming COP28 climate summit and cooperation beyond, but it will only be successful if both countries adhere to their pledges. We must now shift our attention to ensuring these commitments are implemented.
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