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China Expresses 'Regret' over US Pullout from Paris Climate Pact


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Tue, 05 Nov 2019 19:24 GMT

China has expressed its ‘regret’ over the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday November 5th at a regular press briefing, AFP reported.

"We hope the US can take more responsibility and do more to contribute a driving force to the multilateral cooperation process, instead of adding negative energy," Shuang said.

Shuang’s statements came ahead of the planned signing on Wednesday November 6th in Beijing of a joint document on climate by President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, who is on an official visit in China.

The French presidency on Tuesday announced that the document will declare the "irreversibility of the Paris accord.” Paris also expressed regret over the US decision to leave the climate accord.

Russia on Tuesday joined other nations in criticising the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, saying it seriously threatened the agreement.

The US pullout "undermines this agreement in the most serious way, because it is the leading country in terms of emissions," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

On Monday November 4th, Washington formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated Trump's remarks in 2017 that the Paris agreement imposed an "unfair economic burden" on the United States.

President Donald Trump went ahead with the move on the first possible date under the accord negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Officially, the US will be out of the accord on November 4th 2020, one day after the presidential election in which Trump is looking for a second term.

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