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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met today with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Vice President Han Zheng on the margins of the 78th UN General Assembly in New York City. The two sides discussed the critical importance of bilateral and multilateral efforts to address the climate crisis, including to promote a successful COP 28. Secretary Kerry reiterated the urgency of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, which will require ambitious action by the United States and the PRC. He also emphasized the need for the PRC to raise ambition in efforts to, among other things, accelerate decarbonization and reduce emissions of super pollutants like methane. For media inquiries, please contact

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