China said on Wednesday that a condition for the resumption of bilateral climate talks with the United States was Washington dispelling the “negative influence” left by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this month.
In response to the visit on Aug. 2-3, China on Aug. 5 suspended bilateral cooperation with the United States in a number of areas, including climate talks and dialogue between senior-level military commanders.
U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change John Kerry, who earlier this month said the suspension of bilateral climate talks punished the entire world, urged Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, in an interview with the Financial Times, to resume the discussions.
The former U.S. Secretary of State, who is currently the Biden administration’s top climate diplomat, also told the newspaper he was hopeful the countries could “get back together” ahead of the United Nations’ COP27 climate summit in November in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
China, which claims the self-ruled island of Taiwan as its own territory, responded to Kerry’s remarks on Wednesday by stating that the resumption of climate talks with the United States was dependent on actions taken by Washington to address the “negative influence” of Pelosi’s Taiwan visit.