“Now the two largest economies in the world have agreed to raise climate ambition in this decisive decade,” Mr. Kerry said.

The United States and China agreed on Wednesday to “enhance ambition” on climate change, issuing a joint statement in which both countries agreed to do more to cut emissions this decade and in which China committed for the first time to address emissions from methane, the New York Times reports.

Xie Zhenhua, China’s climate change envoy, announced the agreement between the world’s two largest climate polluters. It calls on both countries to strengthen their plans to cut emissions. China also agreed to “phase down” coal consumption.

“We both see the challenge of climate change is existential and a severe one,” he said. “As two major powers in the world, China and the United States, we need to take our due responsibility and work together and work with others in the spirit of cooperation to address climate change.”

Speaking after Mr. Xie, John Kerry, President Biden’s global climate envoy, said the blueprint was the result of 30 meetings between himself and Mr. Xie, as well as multiple discussions in Glasgow.

“Now the two largest economies in the world have agreed to raise climate ambition in this decisive decade,” Mr. Kerry said.

It was unclear on Wednesday if the announcement marked a step forward in terms of China’s emissions target. China has pledged to peak its emissions “before” 2030 but has not set a firm date, and U.S. officials have been pushing their counterparts to set a clear earlier date.

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