New Zealand introduces world's first climate legislation for finance firms

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	 		AP Interview China to send ‘positive message’ on climate

By Canadian Press AP Interview China to send ‘positive message’ on climate

United States special climate envoy John Kerry is in Shanghai to meet with Chinese officials ahead of president Joe Biden's global climate summit late next week.

Biden has yet to announce any new targets under the Paris agreement.

"Of course, it's not going to be easy", said Jane Nakano, a senior fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

He will be meeting his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, Reuters reported.

New Zealand is set to consider legislation that would require banks, insurers and asset managers to disclose the impacts of climate change on their businesses as the country tries to slash its carbon emissions.

"I don't have any information to offer", Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Thursday.

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Taiwan's foreign minister Joseph Wu has previously said the country will fight "to the very last day" if China attacks. Two anti-submarine aircraft and an early warning aircraft also took part, Taiwan's defence minister said .

Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, to participate in a virtual climate summit on April 22 and 23.

While Beijing and Washington have clashed over Hong Kong and Xinjiang, the climate issue is seen as a shared interest which cuts through the rancour.

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kerry said the U.S.is not wrapping the climate issue into talks on other topics that the USA and China disagree on.

United States consulate said John Kerry will meet with his Chinese counterparts at a Shanghai hotel.

The trip marks the highest-level travel to China known so far for officials of the Biden administration and comes amid heightened tensions over human rights, trade and China's territorial claims to Taiwan and the South China Sea.

Seoul has been active in cooperating with Washington in the fight against climate change, a nonpolitical issue that the U.S. regards as a realm for cooperation with its strategic rival, China, as well. "My guess is probably that there will be a pull-aside" virtual meeting in a businesslike fashion.

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