Mother Jones: John Kerry’s Appointment as Climate Envoy Shows the World We’re Back in the Game

Trump’s years of chaotic isolationism will soon be over.

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President-elect Joe Biden couldn’t have sent a stronger message to the world with his announcement Monday that John Kerry will be the special presidential envoy for climate. By appointing a former secretary of state whose signature achievements included brokering a climate change accord with China and personally negotiating the Paris climate agreement, it’s clear the United States is back on the world stage after four years of chaotic isolationism under President Donald Trump.

In this position, Kerry will represent US interests on the international stage. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton originally envisioned the special envoy position to represent the State Department in meetings with foreign officials, but with this high-profile appointment, Biden has given the role a major boost from its original conception. Rather than report to the secretary of state, Kerry will directly represent the president and sit on the powerful National Security Council.

Alden Meyer, an independent strategist with more than 30 years in international climate policy likened Kerry’s appointment as a “super-ambassador” position. “This is another signal to the world that the US is back when it comes to multilateral engagement and cooperation,” Meyer says, “and clearly a signal that climate is a geopolitical issue of the top order for the new administration.” Biden already has plans to nominate a high-level domestic counterpart to Kerry who will be instrumental in implementing the candidate’s campaign promises to transition from fossil fuels at home.

In the Obama administration, Kerry played a central role brokering the unprecedented first major climate agreement between the US and China in 2014, which managed to overcome longstanding deep divisions between rapidly expanding countries and…

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Xi congratulates Biden on election as U.S. president

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-25 21:43:16|Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday sent a message to Joe Biden to congratulate him on election as U.S. president.

Promoting healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations not only serves the fundamental interests of the people in both countries, but also meets the common expectation of the international community, Xi said.

Xi said he hopes that the two sides will uphold the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, focus on cooperation, manage differences, advance the healthy and stable development of China-U.S. ties, and join hands with other countries and the international community to promote the noble cause of world peace and development.

On the same day, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan sent a message to Kamala Harris to congratulate her on election as U.S. vice president.

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Maintenant, attendons le vote des Grands Electeurs. Puis par la suite, la nouvelle Presidence annoncera vraisemblablement les principales mesures anti-covid-19… et la Presidence debutera en Janvier 2021.

Cela etant, il y a tant et tant a faire… pour sortir la population de tragedie qu’elle subit violemment, tous les jours.

“We have to fight to get what we want” Kamala Harris, VP-elected.

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