A series of agreements is signed at a summit in Los Angeles between U.S. state and city officials and their Chinese counterparts with aim at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Delegates at the summit signed the Climate Leaders Declaration, pledging to establish targets to reduce greenhouse emissions. The meeting is known as the US-China climate Leaders summit. This is the first of its kind at the city level between the two nations.
At the conclusion of the two-day event, Vice President Joe Biden closed the meeting by addressing the significance of joint efforts between the United States and China. He said, “Our relationship between China and America is vital, we achieve a successful global climate agreement in Paris. This shows our efforts and gives us some momentums to reach these global agreements”
The summit fulfills a key element of the U.S – China Joint Announcement on Climate Change laid out by President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in last November.
During Obama’s visit to Beijing last year, the United State announced that a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 26-28 percent below its 2005 level by 2025. Besides, China committed to peak its carbon emissions by 2030 for the first time.
The result of this summit will be discussed when Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with President Barack Obama at the White House on September 25.
This agreement was considered as a landmark moment between two nations: China and US related to climate change-causing greenhouse gases.