President Xi Jinping to attend climate summit via video link
Updated 17:00, 21-Apr-2021

President Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit on climate change on Thursday at the invitation of his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced on Wednesday.

U.S. President has invited dozens of world leaders to join the two-day virtual summit starting on Thursday, after bringing the U.S. back into the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The U.S. is expected to announce "an ambitious 2030 emissions target as its new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement" by the time of the summit, the White House earlier said in a statement.

China has pledged to have carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. The country also vows to lower its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by over 65 percent from the 2005 level by 2030.

Last week, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry traveled to Shanghai to meet his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, marking the first high-level visit to China by a Biden administration official. The two sides agreed to make concrete actions to implement Paris Agreement.

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