China is widely regarded as being a threat to American interests, with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) identifying it as the primary source of fentanyl being imported into the United States.
Despite this, a member of the Biden administration recently announced that he has been "empowered" to "work with China" on climate issues.
"President Biden empowered me to reach out to China and work with China, which we have done for two years, and with some effect," Kerry said.
However, he insisted that more work needs to be done and lamented that the cooperation is "not as much as we need, ultimately.”
"We have to work with China, we have to work with India. We even have to find a way, ultimately, if we can resolve the war in Ukraine, to work with Russia, because Russia is a huge emitter," the White House official continued.
"And any one of these countries has an ability — if it doesn’t move to change its energy base — to make it much harder for the rest of the world, if not impossible, to reach the goals we’ve set," Kerry added.
"Any one of these countries has an ability — if it doesn't move to change its energy base — to make it much harder for the rest of the world, if not impossible, to reach the goals we've set.” https://t.co/NAhBYHrnBF pic.twitter.com/P87sEyRFJI
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) March 25, 2023
Breitbart noted how as special presidential envoy for climate, Kerry oversees an office with 45 personnel and an estimated annual budget of $13.9 million.
This is far from being the first time that Kerry has pushed for closer ties with China when it comes to climate change policy.
Fox News reported in November of 2021 that he was criticized for appearing to downplay Chinese human rights violations while attending the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
A video posted by the RNC Research Twitter account showed a journalist asking Kerry if he had raised questions about "contentious issues" like the use of slave labor by China's government to manufacture solar panels.
After announcing joint "cooperation" with China on climate change, John Kerry chuckles when pressed on China's use of slave labor to build solar panels:
"Not my lane" pic.twitter.com/e3NdUe6if9
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 11, 2021
"We certainly know what they are and we’ve articulated them but that’s not my lane here. My job is to be the climate guy," the Biden administration member responded.