UK PM urges China to move faster on climate goals

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The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of all countries stepping up their ambition on climate change at COP26 and taking concrete action to cut emissions and expedite the transition to renewable energy, including phasing out coal, reports Asan Lite News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday morning spoke to China’s President Xi Jinping in an extensive conversation.

They discussed a range of issues, including action to address the climate crisis ahead of COP26, global trade and economic cooperation, and security and human rights, the Downing Street said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside the front of No10 Downing Street with the National Grid COP26 installation ahead of the start of COP26 in Glasgow. Picture by Andrew Parsons No 10 Downing Street

Saying he had pressed President Xi, about his country’s use of coal during the phone call, he likened the situation to a football match in which humanity is “5-1 down at half-time”, the Guardian reported.

The Prime Minister acknowledged China’s new Nationally Determined Contribution and welcomed their work on the COP15 Biodiversity Summit, noting how critical protecting nature is to our overall climate objectives.

He emphasised the importance of all countries stepping up their ambition on climate change at COP26 and taking concrete action to cut emissions and expedite the transition to renewable energy, including phasing out coal.

Coal power plant. (Credit Pixabay.com)

They also discussed wider international security issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. The leaders recognised that there were areas of disagreement and difficulty in the bilateral relationship. The Prime Minister raised the United Kingdom’s concerns about the erosion of democracy in Hong Kong and human rights in Xinjiang.

At the same time, they agreed to cooperate on areas of shared interest, such as developing clean and green technology and supporting the sustainable recovery of the global economy.