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(CNBC) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom sat down with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday to discuss collaboration on addressing climate change amid fragile relations between the United States and China.
“We emphasize the critical role of accelerated climate action and cooperation at the subnational level between the State of California and the People’s Republic of China,” the Governor’s office said in a statement after the meeting.
The Wednesday meeting was a part of Newsom’s weeklong trip to China where he has had a series of conversations with officials about how to partner on climate crisis mitigation. Newsom is the first governor in four years to visit China and the first California governor to meet with Xi since 2017.
Newsom came under fire from human rights groups and some GOP lawmakers for his China trip.
In a letter on Friday, Republican congressmembers, including former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, requested that Newsom cancel his visit because of its stated emphasis on climate change rather than addressing China’s human rights abuses and connection to the fentanyl crisis.
After the meeting with Xi, Newsom’s office said…