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Macron takes dig at Trump over climate pact exit: I deplore some choices

BEIJING — The United States withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement “wont change the course of things” and is a “marginal” choice, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.

“When China, the European Union and Russia commit to [the Paris Agreement], the isolated choice of this or that [country] isnt enough to change the course of things,” Macron said in a statement to the press alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing at the end of their bilateral meetings Wednesday.

They were Macrons first comments on the matter after the U.S. formally started the withdrawal process from the climate change pact on Tuesday, two years after the Trump administration announced it would pull out of the deal. The U.S. will be the only country in the world that wont be a party to the Paris pact, which calls on nations to set individual targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change and biodiversity were high on the agenda of Macron and Xis bilateral meetings. The two leaders also published a document titled the “Beijing Call for the conservation of biodiversity and climate change,” which formalized the joint-leadership role theyve taken on in support of the Paris Agreement and further elevated the importance of preserving biodiversity.

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