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U.S. climate envoy Kerry urges China to keep politics out of global warming

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told Chinese leaders that climate change was more important than politics, he said on Thursday, responding to warnings that diplomatic tensions between the two countries could undermine cooperation on cutting emissions. “My response to them was, look, climate is not ideological, not partisan, and not a geostrategic weapon,” Kerry told reporters after two days of talks with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua in the northern city of Tianjin. The United States, which has resumed its role in global climate diplomacy after a four-year hiatus under President Donald Trump, has long hoped to keep climate issues separate from its disputes with China on issues such as trade, human rights and the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas China believes they should be linked.

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