But as China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin pointed out, the idea would not be possible since it was Donald Trump’s Republican predecessors who initiated climate negotiations back in the 1980s. Liu was quoted by reporters at United Nations talks in Marrakech, Morocco on Wednesday.
The Chinese official reminded that both U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush supported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in convening with global warming talks. This was a time before China knew that negotiations to cut pollution has commenced, Bloomberg reported.
Officials and representatives from almost 200 countries who have met in the Moroccan city this week are on standby, awaiting Trump’s decision on whether he’ll pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement to discuss climate change.
“If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s,” Liu was quoted as saying.
As Liu pointed out, investing in new green technologies and manufacturing to curb harmful emissions could even boost U.S. competitiveness.
“That’s why I hope the Republican’s administration will continue to support this process.”
Trump’s victory has recently cast an uncertain future over the Paris Agreement, affecting the mood of the delegates and officials in Marrakech who are in the process of drafting the agreement’s negotiating texts
“No one has a right to make decisions for billions of people based solely on ideology,” outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, noting that the majority of U.S. citizens support action on climate change. “Climate change shouldn’t be a partisan issue. It isn’t a partisan issue for our military. It isn’t a partisan issue for our intelligence community.”
It was Kerry who helped secure the Paris Agreement last year for the United States.
Regardless of Trump’s eventual position on the issue,Liu said that China is prepared to continue its fight against climate change “whatever the circumstances.”
He added, however, that participation of the U.S. is crucial to the fight against climate change.
“Of course we’re still expecting developed countries including the United States will continue to take the lead on mitigating climate change,” he said.
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