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UNITED NATIONS, Aug 5 (Reuters) – A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday after a meeting in Beijing that China and the U.S. “will not have effective dialogue and cooperation without effective dialogue and cooperation. cannot solve the world’s most pressing problems.” Stop climate talks with Washington.
Tackling climate change has been a key area of cooperation between the two superpowers. But China has suspended negotiations as part of its escalating retaliation against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
Pelosi’s brief visit this week to Taiwan, which China claims to be self-governing, angered Beijing and sparked unprecedented Chinese military exercises in the waters and in the air around the island.
The freeze comes as U.S. and Chinese officials stepped up engagement on climate issues ahead of the COP27 climate summit in Egypt in November.
China and the United States are the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, and their previous bilateral cooperation on climate change paved the way for the 2015 Paris climate agreement. (Reporting by Valerie Volcovici and Michelle Nichols, Editing by Paul Grant and Doina Chiacu)