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U.S., China ratify Paris climate change agreement

09062016amalert3All Sunday papers reported extensively on a joint announcement by the U.S. and the Chinese governments that they have ratified the Paris climate change agreement, underscoring that the landmark pact designed to curb global warming is bound to take effect this year as a result of the two largest greenhouse gas emitters’ renewed commitment to addressing climate change. Noting that that the two nations were previously reluctant to embrace the Paris agreement, the dailies said President Obama and Chinese President Xi chose to change course on the key global challenge as the U.S. leader wished to leave a diplomatic legacy while his Chinese counterpart hoped to highlight the country’s determination to become a “responsible stakeholder.” The dailies added that the agreement between Washington and Beijing will prompt the GOJ to ratify the Paris agreement in the Diet session this fall.

 

Meanwhile, President Obama and Xi were reportedly at odds over the South China Sea issue and the U.S. military’s plan to deploy a THAAD missile defense platform in South Korea during their summit held in Hangzhou on Saturday.

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