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AP Interview: China says US too negative toward China

China's Foreign Affairs Vice Minister told The Associated Press in an interview that the two countries could tide over many difficulties by working together. He said the emphasis on competition and confrontation lacks a forward-looking spirit.

By: AP | Beijing |
Updated: April 16, 2021 5:53:57 pm
AP Interview: China says US too negative toward ChinaChinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Friday, April 16, 2021. Le spoke to AP on a wide range of issues during an interview on Friday including climate change and US-China relations. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A top Chinese diplomat has called US policy on China “too negative” saying it highlights confrontation over cooperation.

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng said Friday that cooperation could be critically important as US President Joe Bidens administration focuses on COVID-19 and economic recovery.

Le told The Associated Press in an interview that the two countries could tide over many difficulties by working together. He said the emphasis on competition and confrontation lacks a forward-looking spirit.

A leading Chinese diplomat said Friday that his country, the worlds largest carbon emitter, plans to send a “positive message” at a climate change meeting called by US President Joe Biden for next week.

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But Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng also signaled that China is unlikely to make any new proposal beyond its current commitments on climate change.

“For a big country with 14 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered,” he said in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. “Some countries are asking China to do more on climate change I am afraid this is not very realistic.”

He spoke as Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry was discussing the issue on the second day of closed-door meetings with Chinese counterparts in Shanghai.

Le said he had no details on those meetings.

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced last year that China would be carbon-neutral by 2060 and aim to reach a peak in its emissions by 2030.

Biden has invited 40 world leaders including Xi to an April 2223 virtual climate summit. The US and other countries are expected to announce more ambitious national targets for cutting carbon emissions and pledge financial help for climate efforts by less wealthy nations.

Le didnt say whether Xi would join the summit but said “the Chinese side is actively studying the matter.”

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