US-China tensions loom over UN climate summit, say analysts

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US climate envoy John Kerry had met via video link.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - United States climate envoy John Kerry left the northern Chinese city of Tianjin last week with little to show, after talks between the two sides ended without a joint statement.

Instead, politics and bilateral tensions between Beijing and Washington overshadowed climate negotiations between the world's top two polluters, leaving analysts concerned that with just weeks to go before a United Nations climate summit, sour US-China ties could spill over and affect global efforts to achieve consensus to limit emissions.

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