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Inside John Kerry’s shadow diplomacy on climate change

John Kerry plugging a smokestack with his finger
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking publicly for the first time about a new chapter in his half-century history with Vietnam: an initiative aiming to get the country off coal-fired power.

Driving the news: In an exclusive interview with Axios last week, Kerry laid out the broad parameters of a proposal he says would enable the nation to get off coal by financing renewables — and become a model for the rest of Asia, which is heavily dependent on coal.

John Kerry, Chuck Hagel testify on national security, climate change

Former Secretary of State John Kerry
Former Secretary of State John Kerry at the signing of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

A bipartisan pair of former Cabinet members — Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel — is set to testify to Congress next week on the national security implications of climate change, Axios has learned.

Driving the news: Kerry’s appearance will be his first time testifying since stepping down from his State Department post under President Obama in January 2017, an aide confirms. Hagel, a Republican, also served under Obama.