TIME: U.K. Energy Minister to hold conference call with Energy Secretary on Chinese solar energy deal.
U.S., China trade tensions high amid tensions over North Korea.
K.’s Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, said in a statement Monday that the government “has been in touch with the Chinese Government and will continue to liaise closely with the Government of the United States on any issues of concern that might arise.”
She also said that the “United Kingdom remains committed to promoting a more secure and peaceful world.”
The U.N. climate change panel said Monday that “it is the responsibility of governments to take appropriate steps to reduce carbon emissions.”
The panel, which is mandated to help determine if any country is in violation of the Paris Agreement, also said in its annual report that it “has recently been urged by countries to take action to address the climate change threat posed by fossil fuels.”
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The report comes as President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed their “separation of powers” during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany on Saturday.
The leaders met for a second time after a phone call on Saturday, and Trump said that they discussed “the possibility of establishing a special forum to promote global economic cooperation and the common good.”
Read moreTrump said the two leaders “also discussed the importance of maintaining peace and stability and the importance … of addressing the issue of terrorism in a manner that protects the people and nations of the world.”
U.N.’s new climate chief, Christiana Figueres, told reporters Monday that she expects China to “work very hard to create an environment for a new deal on the climate that can be signed and ratified in the future.”
The agreement between the U.KS. and China, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, is a centerpiece of Trump’s international trade agenda.
The White House said Sunday that it was working on a final trade agreement between Washington and Beijing.
Trump also criticized China over the weekend for its treatment of the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India for more than half a century.
The Dalai Lama has said he has a right to Tibet’s spiritual location, and he has called for his people to return to the region.
China said Monday it would not allow any Chinese-led organization to control Tibet, and the Dalai Lama said the country “has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.”
The Dalai Lama’s spokesman, Dawa Amdo, also denounced Trump’s criticism of China.
relationship is at an all-time low.
This is a great blow to our nation and world.
— Dawa Dawa Abo (@Dawa_Amo) August 30, 2019The Dalai Lamas call for Tibet to be returned was made on the day of Trump s meeting with Xi.
Ahead of the talks, Trump told reporters that he wanted to talk about “some of the issues that we have.”
“The fact is that we are not going to have the U-S.
get involved in China.
I’m not going,” he said.
“We will work with China on the issues of the region, but that’s not what we’re going to do.
We’re going work with them on the world stage.”
Read The AP’s report on the U.-K.
talks on the future of China’s influence in Tibet.
Read Trump on Tibet, Xi’s phone call, and his comments on the Dalai Lamases call for Tibetan independence.
Read the AP’s full report on Trump s meetings with Xi and the future in Tibet for more.