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China to help Africa implement Paris Agreement


11-18-2016 10:49 BJT

High-level talks to combat climate change are wrapping up in Morocco. Dozens of world leaders have been meeting at the COP22 summit. They're trying to agree on how to implement a plan to curb global warming.

Xie Zhenhua, China

Xie Zhenhua, China's special representative on climate change affairs, talks during an interview with Xinhua in Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 17, 2016. (Xinhua/Zhao Dingzhe)

Hours to go now till the final statements here in Marrakech. But just how close are we to a plan that will make an impact after these delegates fly home? On Thursday, China gave its assessment. Its delegation says there's agreement on the problems facing the Paris Agreement on global warming - and there's agreement on the guidelines for putting the deal into force.

"'The hosting country wishes to pass a declaration, which is still under discussion.
We think that the declaration should showcase its comprehensiveness. China is here to do something, not to show something," Chinese special representatvie on Climate Change Affairs Xie Zhenhua said.

Donald Trump's victory in the US elections has clouded these talks -
Trump is a climate change sceptic who has claimed he will withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
But China says it will seek his co-operation.

"Though it's not very clear about the new government's policy on climate change, China would like to continue cooperating with new US government," Xie said.

China also reiterated its plans to help Africa meet the challenge of climate change.
Africa is suffering the most from climate change -
yet is the least equipped to deal with it.

"China will help African countries improve their capability in financing and investment. Developing countries have money, though some African countries claim they don't know how to get and use the money," Xie said.

So come Friday, after almost two weeks of meetings, workshops and speeches it'll come down to the final statements. Delegates came in here upbeat and promising action. They need to leave with a practical plan to move forward and curb global warming.

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