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Relationship between U.S. and China Elemental in Climate Agreement

Update Date: Dec 15, 2015 02:17 PM EST

China, that was once considered a straggler, has emerged as an important participant in averting the rising threat of global warming. This helped some 200 countries come together and pledge in unanimity to reduce emissions and curb the greenhouse gases. "You had a developing country and somebody who had been leading the efforts against us," said Secretary of State John F. Kerry, "that opened the door." Since the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009 failed to leave an impact, many countries started looking towards China, the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, to bring in the required shift, reported LA Times

On this congregation, Beijing didn't send its Premier Wen Jiabo, that left the leaders President Barack Obama and Angela Merkel to negotiate the deal with an official who left the room quite a few times to speak with his bosses on the phone. China insisted that the specific targets on emission cuts be removed, even those one that only applied to countries with advanced industrialization and not itself. "China wrecked the talks ... and insisted on an awful 'deal' so Western leaders would walk away carrying the blame," British environmental author Mark Lynas, one of the delegations in the summit, reported The Courier-Tribune

For the purpose of Climate Agreement, President Xi Jinping and Obama came together, side by side, at the beginning of the Paris Climate talks. On Saturday, the global leaders applauded and cheered at reaching an agreement where US singled out China and praised the country for its beneficial involvement. The immediate goal is to protect and restore public health and not stop the global warming. However, the Chinese authorities are pushing the development of solar power, wind, nuclear and hydropower and to make China's alternative energy sector an economic center globally, reported The Courier-Tribune


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