WASHINGTON- U.S. climate envoy John Kerry will travel to China this week to discuss international efforts to tackle global warming, seeking to press his counterparts to make ambitious emissions reduction targets despite tension in the relationship between US and China.
A source familiar with the plans said Kerry is to arrive on Wednesday in Shanghai and will hold meetings on Thursday and Friday.
Kerry's visit comes after an earlier summit in Alaska between U.S. and Chinese officials led to fiery interactions that illustrated the depth of tension between the world's two largest economies at the beginning of the administration of President Joe Biden.
He 'll be focused on climate and how we can work with leaders in the region to reduce the current climate crisis, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Biden, a former Secretary of State selected to represent the United States in international climate talks, will seek to find common ground on the issue with China's Xie Zhenhua. In an interview with Reuters earlier this year, Kerry described his Chinese counterpart as a leader and a capable advocate.
Biden is hosting a virtual Earth Day summit with world leaders on April 22 to discuss the effects of climate change plans.