A coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China, in 2015. The government has canceled 103 coal plants that were planned or under construction, eliminating 120 gigawatts of future coal-fired capacity. Photo: Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

BEIJING, 31 October 2017 (Associated Press) – A Chinese official said Tuesday that his country still wants to cooperate with the U.S. on climate change and hopes an upcoming meeting on the issue in Germany will produce a draft agreement on implementing the Paris climate accord.

China's Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua told reporters that China wants to boost joint efforts in clean energy, carbon capture and research.

"China is willing to step up cooperation with the United States in climate change negotiations after the United States said it will stay in the talks although it has withdrawn from the accord," Xie said.

After President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris accord in June, China swiftly recommitted itself to the nonbinding agreement.

Despite its withdrawal from the agreement, the U.S. will continue to participate in international meetings and negotiations on current and future climate change deals. The next meeting is in Bonn, Germany, next month. [more]

China says it still wants US cooperation on climate change



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