During a press conference at the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow, John Kerry, the U.S. climate envoy, was accused of ignoring a question regarding claims of slave labor in China to make solar panels. Video of the question was released by RealClearPolitics, which stated that it came after the U.S. and China agreed that they would enhance collaboration and speed up steps to rein in climate-damaging emissions, which was considered a significant diplomatic achievement.
A reporter questioned Kerry about whether he had ever brought up “controversial themes” such as forced labor in Xinjiang for solar panel manufacture. Bush and Kerry were forthright in expressing their disagreements. Moreover, Kerry has spent the better part of his 37-year career as a senator and secretary of state “working for human rights and defending democracy,” a State Department official said. Even if they profoundly disagree on other critical issues, the statement reads, the United States and China share a common interest in averting global disaster while there is still time.
Furthermore, U.S. authorities imposed a ban on the importation of solar panels from three Chinese businesses, “reasonably implying” the use of forced labor. The document stated that importing goods created by compelled employees is prohibited. It seems that Kerry’s statement illustrates how difficult it may be to engage with countries that disagree on climate change to find common ground.
Xie Zhenhua, China’s climate envoy and Secretary of State John Kerry, declared that the nations would work together to accomplish the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change by accelerating carbon reductions. Chinese Foreign Minister Xie Feng told reporters that China and the United States shouldering exceptional international duties and obligations is advantageous not just to our two nations but the globe as a whole. However, to put it another way, they must dream large and take responsibility. Conversely, to answer issues about China’s development speed, Kerry stated that the initiatives they are doing could answer those questions and enable China and them to accelerate the efforts.
After announcing joint "cooperation" with China on climate change, John Kerry chuckles when pressed on China's use of slave labor to build solar panels:
"Not my lane" pic.twitter.com/e3NdUe6if9
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