- Title: California, China defy U.S. climate retreat with new cleantech tie-up
- Date: 6th June 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (JUNE 6, 2017) (REUTERS) NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS U.S.-CHINA FLAGS PIN ON BROWN'S SUIT (SOUNDBITE) (English) CALIFORNIAN GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN, SAYING: "But it's highly significant that the governor of California can meet with the president of China, talk about very specific issues, on the foremost challenge of our time, namely climate change, and commit to taking the kind of steps that are needed to further this process of energy transformation." NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING / BROWN STANDING
- Embargoed: 20th June 2017 21:16
- Keywords: 2015 Paris agreement U.S. President Donald Trump green development climate change California's governor Jerry Brown Chinese President Xi Jinping
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026K54W1Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS PART CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL
Chinese President Xi Jinping and California governor Jerry Brown discussed during their meeting in Beijing on Tuesday (June 6) cooperation on clean technology, emissions trading and other "climate-positive" efforts in a bid to fill a gap left after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord last week.
President Trump's announcement of the pull-out from the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change was branded as "insane" by California governor Jerry Brown, who was visiting China this week.
The withdrawal decision was seen to have handed the political and diplomatic initiative to China, which has continued to pledge its unqualified support for the accord.
The failure of leadership by the United States was "only temporary", Brown told reporters on the sidelines of a clean energy forum in Beijing, adding that science and the market would be required to get past it.
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