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China and France push countries to stick to climate deal

OSAKA, Japan — France and China have called on other countries to honor their commitments on fightin..

OSAKA, Japan — France and China have called on other countries to honor their commitments on fighting climate change, as U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to water down the language of a G20 declaration.

Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian said they “agreed on the importance for all countries to fully fulfil their commitments in the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement to the letter,” in a statement after a meeting on Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka with U.N. Secretary General António Guterres.

Both countries promised to increase their emission reduction targets saying they would “update their nationally determined contributions in a manner representing a progression beyond the current one” and said they would “publish their long-term mid-century low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies by 2020.”

The U.S. has refused to back the part of the G20 declaration that supports the Paris accord since President Donald Trump was elected. According to three senior officRead More – Source