Governor Gavin Newsom meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

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After Xi hosted Secretary of State Antony Blinken in June and a half a dozen senators His meeting with Newsom earlier this month is the latest sign that he is open to talks. Blinken also announced on Monday that he would host Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat, in Washington on Thursday.

The timing of the trip has felt especially complicated, as Newsom arrived directly after meeting with war victims and leaders in Israel, to whom President Joe Biden has promised military support in his bombing of Gaza. China has advocated a ceasefire and a two-state solution.

Rising tensions between the United States and China were reflected in the breakdown of domestic climate talks last February, where John Kerry was rejected in July by Xi and left the meetings with his counterpart without any new climate agreement. In a speech delivered the same week Kerry was in China, Xi said China will follow its own path to achieve its emissions reduction goals: “and will never be influenced by others.”

On stops in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and now Beijing this week, Newsom, like former California Gov. Jerry Brown before him, has continued to emphasize that progress and partnership on climate change between the world’s two biggest polluters is paramount. .

It has focused on areas where California and China can share climate policy and technology, and has stayed away from areas of conflict between the two countries, such as trade conflicts, China’s militaristic stance toward Taiwan, and its alignment with Russia in the war. Russia-Ukraine.

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