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China hits out at US climate record, in pointed message ahead of election

(Climate Home News, 19 Oct 2020) China has slammed the US’ environmental and climate record, in an extraordinary public attack less than two weeks before Americans go to the polls.

A “factsheet” published by China’s ministry of foreign affairs on Monday described the US as being “widely viewed as a consensus-breaker and a troublemaker”. It accused Washington of having “seriously undermined global climate governance and cooperation” for failing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and withdrawing from the Paris Agreement – two global treaties designed to cut emissions.

The fact sheet on “environmental damage by the US” was backed by a more extensive report on “US damage to global environmental governance”.

Referring to Donald Trump’s record in the White House, Beijing said the US  had “not only backpedaled on its domestic environmental protection policies but also seriously undermined the fairness, efficiency and effectiveness of global environmental governance”.

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Climate Home News, 19 Oct 2020: China hits out at US climate record, in pointed message ahead of election