China to consider Paris climate deal this month

Reports indicate Beijing is pushing UN climate deal towards ratification, with 21 September UN climate meeting in New York possible date for announcement

National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing (Pic: Remko Tanis/Flickr)


China’s lawmakers will consider approving the Paris climate deal at a National People’s Congress committee from 29 August to 3 September, reports the Xinhua news agency.

The NPC standing committee is one of the government’s leading bodies, with the power to decide whether the country should ratify international treaties.

The final decision will rest with President Xi Jinping, who is expected to coordinate China’s formal support for the deal with his US counterpart Barack Obama.

A separate statement published on government-run Xinhua on Tuesday urged “all parties to accelerate ratifying procedures” and bring the deal into force “at an early date”.

The US and China collectively account for over 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. For the Paris deal to come into force 55 countries covering 55% of emissions must sign up.

So far 22 states with just over 1% of emissions have ratified the deal.

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