Putin with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Moscow, Russia on 10 March 2011.
The president is trying to revive an American-assembled meeting of the world’s biggest economies on climate change led by George W. Bush.
The summit will be hosted by a campaign promise and executive order from Biden, and the Trump administration plans to host it when it’s own announcement of a significantly tougher US goal to transform the US economy in response to steep cuts in emissions from coal, natural gas, and oil.
The other 40 invitations coming down Friday will be supplemented by the leaders of some of the world’s worst suffering people, do-gooders or breakaways.
A government official spoke on condition of anonymity about U.S. plans for the event.
For the summit, Biden’s government deliberately looked beyond its international counterparts and extended hands to leaders because, a government official said, sometimes tough talks on climate issues were to follow.
Another Biden administration official said the U.S. was still deciding how far to go in setting a more ambitious US emissions goal.
Biden and other officials stress US climate goals in early, one-on-one talks with both leaders, and Biden’s climate negotiator, John Kerry, has focused on overseas diplomacy to boost climate action.
China is the world’s largest emitter of polluting greenhouse gases.