Why China rejects Trump’s climate change position

In a break from tradition, China has called on Donald Trump to uphold the Paris agreement after the Republican presidential nominee threatened to pull the United States out of the CO2 mitigation deal (backed by nearly 200 governments) that goes into effect Friday.

In accordance with the international goal to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, the US has agreed to cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. China has promised to peak its carbon emissions by 2030. But in May, Mr. Trump threatened to “cancel” the Paris agreement, if he becomes president.

On Tuesday, when asked directly how China would work with the US if Mr. Trump were elected: “I don’t think ordinary people would agree if you were to reject that trend [of limiting carbon emissions],”  Xie Zhenhua, China’s top climate negotiator, said in a news conference in Beijing, “I’m convinced, if it’s a wise leader – especially a political leader – he ought to know that all his policies should conform to the trends of global development,” reported The Wall Street Journal. READ MORE.

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