There were notable pledges of action, but several important greenhouse gas polluters were conspicuously silent. It showed the challenges that lie ahead.
What, exactly, are the political stakes? We asked our correspondent David Sanger for a rundown.
The Biden administration’s strategy to curb Beijing’s behavior faces a stiff challenge as China uses its economic, diplomatic and military might to deflect criticism.
U.S. officials said the two days of discussions would continue, but accused the Chinese delegation of violating the format for meetings that had sought to find common ground between the superpowers.
A flurry of diplomacy, which includes talks in Tokyo and Seoul, is a prelude to the administration’s first in-person meeting with top Chinese envoys.
Beijing’s hopes of using Europe as a counterweight to the United States have faltered as country after country confronts China over trade, Hong Kong, human rights and other issues.
The foreign ministers of the two countries issued a five-point statement aimed at ending a simmering confrontation. A previous pledge was followed by the deadliest clash in decades.
Beijing’s nationalism will be self-defeating in the long term. Washington should just let that run its course.
After the closure of the Houston consulate and other actions, Chinese officials are trying to respond without endangering the economy or inviting further global isolation.