The top-five largest CO2 emitters in total annual emissions are China, the U.S., India, Russia, and Japan, but by largest emissions per capita, the U.S. is 12th, Russia is 18th, Japan is 24th, China is 38th, and India is 128th. Graphic: CNN / EDGAR

By Huizhong Wu
6 June 2017

New Delhi (CNN) – India has hit back at US President Donald Trump, after he accused the country of receiving "billions" of dollars in return for signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

"First of all, there is absolutely no reality [in what Trump alleged]," India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told reporters Monday.

"India signed the Paris agreement not because of pressure from any country nor greed. We signed the agreement because of our commitment to protecting the environment."

Trump had singled out the South Asian country during a speech last week outlining his decision to end US involvement in the landmark climate deal.

"India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries," said Trump. [more]

India hits back at Trump in war of words over climate change



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