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Climate Change

US envoy Kerry visits China to seek common ground on climate

Meeting with top Beijing diplomats is possible in first high-level visit under Biden

 U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- U.S. climate change envoy John Kerry met Thursday with Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua in Shanghai ahead of a major climate summit being organized by Washington, as the two powers seek common ground even as they jockey for leadership in the fight against global warming.

The trip -- the first by a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden's administration amid a fractious relationship that some have called a "new Cold War" -- comes a week before the two-day virtual meeting starting April 22 when much of the world marks Earth Day.

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