Climate change hangs over Trump’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping


By: - Climate DepotApril 6, 2017 9:42 AM

President Trump is expected to discuss the Paris climate change deal when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. But don’t expect much in the way of agreement.

Xi will meet with Trump beginning Thursday at the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida, fresh from a visit to Finland where climate change and collaboration on Arctic policy were top points of discussion.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in response to Trump’s recent executive order rolling back former President Barack Obama’s climate regulations, said China will push forward with its plan to cut fossil fuel emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goal.

China, the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases, pledged to put a peak on its emissions by 2030 in a deal with the U.S. that also is part of its Paris goal. China produces about one-fourth of the world’s carbon emissions, topping the second-place United States, which produces about 15 percent.