UK Climate Action Representative Alok Sharma arrived in Tianjin on Monday to meet government and business leaders ahead of the next round of global climate talks, expected to take place in Glasgow in November.

Sharma, the government minister and chairman of the COP 26 climate talks, tweeted late Saturday (4) that he had been to China to meet with senior climate delegate Xie Zhenhua to discuss “the ways in which we cooperate” to assure the success of the November summit.

“I welcome China’s commitment to climate neutrality by 2060 and look forward to discussing China’s policy proposals towards this goal, its plans for submitting an enhanced 2030 emissions reduction target, as well as how we work towards a successful multilateral outcome at COP26,” he stated in a press release.

China, the world’s largest emissions of carbon-warming greenhouse gas, is coming under pressure to announce more ambitious measures to extract and consume coal.

Britain and other G7 countries have also told China to adopt shorter-term strategies to ensure it meets longer-term goals.

However, climate observers expect it to stay on track to increase coal use by 2025 before it begins to fall.

Sharma’s visit to China comes just three days after US Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry met Xie and other Chinese leaders to discuss joint measures to address the climate crisis.

China’s chief diplomat, Wang Yi, told Kerry that climate change “cannot be separated from broader diplomatic dispute between the two sides.” Kerry said however, that the solution to the climate crisis is “not ideological, not partisan, and not a geostrategic weapon.”

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China women’s national volleyball team

The China women’s national volleyball team represents the People’s Republic of China in international volleyball competitions and friendly matches governed by Chinese Volleyball Association. (wikipedia)

Alok Sharma

Alok Sharma is a British politician serving as President for COP26 and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office since 2021. (wikipedia)

Wang Yi (politician)

Wang Yi is a senior Chinese diplomat and politician who has been the foreign minister since March 2013. He formerly served as China’s Vice Foreign Minister, (wikipedia)

Xie Zhenhua (politician)

Xie Zhenhua is a Chinese politician who served as vice-chairman of China’s top economic development body, the National Development and Reform Commission. He is China’s special climate envoy. (wikipedia)

John Kerry

John Forbes Kerry is an American politician and diplomat, currently serving as the first United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. (wikipedia)