China’s suspension of climate change talks with the U.S. is a legitimate countermeasure to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the Taiwan region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday.
He made the remarks while answering a question about the consequences of China’s suspension of climate change talks with the U.S.
The U.S. must bear all consequences of the suspension because Pelosi’s visit has undermined the political foundation of China-U.S. relations and disrupted cooperation between the two sides, Wang said. China has warned about the consequences of Pelosi’s visit, and the U.S. should expect such countermeasures, he said.
“China will actively participate in international and multilateral cooperation in addressing climate change. China has always been active in global climate governance, and we have solemnly announced that we will strive to achieve carbon peaking by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060,” Wang said.
Regarding the U.S. side’s actions on climate change, he said the U.S. Supreme Court recently passed a ruling restricting the right of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to control greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. also enforces sanctions on Chinese photovoltaics companies, which undermines cooperation between the two sides. The U.S. should fulfill its historical responsibility and due diligence in addressing climate change, he said.
(Cover: File photo of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin. /CFP)