Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend online Biden climate summit

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend online Biden climate summit

President Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit on climate change on Thursday at the invitation of his USA counterpart Joe Biden, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced on Wednesday.

The president is expected to announce his plan during a virtual summit on climate change with 40 other nations. Climate change has been a major area of focus for Biden.

The White House in a newly released fact sheet said Biden's proposal will "create millions of good-paying, union jobs, ensure economic competitiveness, advance environmental justice, and improve the health and security of communities across America".

But the two countries, the world's two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, have rediscovered a common interest in battling climate change.

Kerry, who was secretary of state under former President Barack Obama, visited Shanghai last week for talks with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, becoming the first high-ranking US official to visit China under the Biden administration since its launch in January.

At the invitation of Biden, President Xi will attend and deliver an "important speech" at the Leaders' Summit on Climate on Thursday by video link from Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.

The talks also marked a resumption of climate dialogue halted during the Donald Trump administration, who withdrew from the Paris agreement.

The US president has rejoined the 2015 Paris accord, which Kerry negotiated as secretary of state and which committed nations to take action to keep temperature rises at no more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

During their video conversation on Friday, Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng told USA climate envoy John Kerry that Beijing "welcomes the US return" to the Paris accord.

Xi joined another virtual climate summit with France and Germany last week, where he said developed countries should "set an example" in reducing emissions and support developing nations' responses to climate change, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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