China-US climate talks suspension is legitimate countermeasure; US must bear consequences: Chinese FM
Published: Aug 10, 2022 07:33 PM
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin Photo: VCG

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin Photo: VCG

China's suspension of climate change talks with the US is a "legitimate and reasonable" countermeasure over Nancy Pelosi's provocative visit to China's Taiwan region and the US must bear all the consequences, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at Wednesday's press briefing.

Wang made the remarks in response to some US politicians who claimed that by suspending China-US climate talks, China doesn't punish the US, but "punishes the world."

As a responsible major country, China will, as always, participate in all modes of international cooperation that are conducive to tackling climate change, Wang said.

"The US is not the whole world," China will stay committed to its climate goals, and actively participate in international cooperation on climate, as we have always done, Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang tweeted on Tuesday.

In disregard of China's strong opposition and serious representations, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited China's Taiwan region, seriously violating the one-China principle and infringing upon China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

With the connivance and support of the US government, the move has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations, and will certainly seriously disturb the bilateral cooperation, said Wang. The US should not be surprised as China had made it clear, according to Wang.

China has announced to strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, and it's been making efforts to build and implement the 1+N policy system to promote low-carbon development and green transformation, Wang said.

China will continue to unswervingly push forward the goal of carbon peaking and neutrality, actively participate in negotiations on major channels of climate change, and provide support and assistance to other developing countries, to make a contribution to the global challenge of climate change, according to Wang.

The US should fulfill its historical responsibilities and obligations on climate change and do more than "shouting slogans," according to Wang. 

The US Supreme Court ruled to limit the Environmental Protection Agency actions on greenhouse gases in July. The US also used the so-called Xinjiang-related issues as an excuse to sanction and suppress Chinese photovoltaic companies, directly undermining China-US climate cooperation and the efforts that China and other countries have done on climate change, Wang said.

US' contradictory approach has raised "doubts over its capability and determination to tackle climate change," said Wang. China urges the US to fulfill its historical responsibility and obligations in addressing climate change, and stop looking for excuses for its inaction, he said.