China stated Saturday that it had agreed with the U.S. to take up local weather change and a handful of other issues, signaling a potential modicum of progress at just lately concluded talks that had been in any other case marked by acrimonious public exchanges over the issues that divide the world’s two largest economies.
The official Xinhua News Agency stated in a dispatch from Anchorage, Alaska, the place the two-day assembly wrapped up Friday, that China and the U.S. had determined to arrange a working group on local weather change and maintain talks ?to facilitate actions of … diplomatic and consular missions? and on issues associated to every other’s journalists.
The two international locations feuded over journalist visas and consulates through the Trump administration, and local weather change is seen as one space the place they can cooperate.
Senior Biden administration officers held their first face-to-face assembly with their Chinese counterparts in Alaska since taking workplace earlier this yr.
The talks opened with tense and prolonged exchanges over human rights earlier than tv cameras, earlier than they retreated behind closed doorways.
The Xinhua report didn’t present any particulars on the local weather change working group, other than to say each international locations had been dedicated to enhancing communication and cooperation within the subject.
It additionally stated the the 2 sides mentioned adjusting COVID-19 journey and visa insurance policies and reciprocal preparations for vaccination of their diplomats.
While the report stated each international locations agreed to carry talks on consular missions and journalists, it didn’t point out the earlier disputes.
The U.S. ordered the closing of the Chinese consulate in Houston final yr, and China responded by closing he U.S. consulate within the metropolis of Chengdu.
Chinese journalists within the U.S. and overseas journalists working for U.S. media in China at the moment are being granted solely three-month stays, including uncertainty to their work, although these stays have been usually renewed.