The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported extensively on the two-day online summit on climate change hosted by the United States last week. The meeting brought together the leaders of 40 nations, including China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter. Sunday’s Mainichi wrote that by saying in his closing remarks on Friday that nations have a “moral imperative to act for future generations,” President Biden called on countries to work together to tackle climate change.
The papers wrote that President Biden expressed the United States’ readiness to lead the global effort to combat climate change, while saying it is necessary for nations to take action to fulfill their new pledges. Nikkei wrote that President Biden expressed the United States’ resolve to lead the worldwide effort to combat climate change by pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50%–52% from their 2005 level by 2030.
Yomiuri speculated that the Biden administration is planning to continue holding dialogue with China on climate change despite their disputes over such issues as Taiwan, the South China Sea, the Uyghurs, and trade. The paper also conjectured that although the United States announced an ambitious emissions reduction target, it may face challenges in achieving the goal because the coal and other industries have expressed concern about the policy’s impact on their business. The paper wrote in an editorial that it is significant that the United States will take the lead in tackling climate change by shifting its policy from that of the Trump administration, which pulled out of the Paris Agreement.
Asahi wrote that many of the summit’s participants welcomed the United States’ “return” to global discussions on climate change and that President Biden conveyed a strong message to the world that “America is back.” Mainichi wrote that the summit marked a path toward international cooperation in tackling climate change. The paper added, though, that differences between developed nations and developing countries remain, pointing out that China and India, the world’s largest and third largest emitters of greenhouse gases, did not present new emissions reduction targets. Sankei wrote that China tried to bring developing nations over to its side by insisting that developed nations should bear heavier responsibilities for reducing emissions.