Using Earth Day to relaunch the U.S.as a leader in the global effort to combat climate change, President Joe Biden is set to host world leaders for a virtual climate summit this week and is expected to announce a new goal for the US to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions - reportedly by perhaps as much as 50% by 2030. Climate change has been a major area of focus for Biden.
US President Joe Biden will host 40 world leaders in the Leaders Summit on Climate today.
Xi will give an "important speech" at the meeting, said the Chinese foreign ministry, days after a trip to Shanghai by USA climate envoy John Kerry - the first official from Biden's administration to visit China.
Last week, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry travelled to Shanghai to meet with his Chinese counterpart in the first high-level visit to China by a Biden administration official.
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.
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew America from the Paris Climate deal but Biden announced the return of the US to the Paris climate accord after he took over the presidency.
The plan is also set to push the US forward in reaching a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, along with the more challenging goal of meeting a net zero emissions economy by 2050. The pair released a joint statement over the weekend, saying their two countries "are committed to cooperating with each other" and will take "enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s".
China - the world's top carbon emitter - has vowed to reach peak emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral thirty years later.
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.