US, China to be among climate deal signatories

US President Barack Obama (L) sits with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting ahead of the opening of the UN conference on climate change COP21 on November 30, 2015 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of ParisThe United States and China will be among the nations signing the Paris climate agreement in New York next month, the White House announced Wednesday, ahead of a meeting between President Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. Seeking to highlight areas of cooperation amid disputes over the South China Sea and how hard to push back on North Korea’s nuclear program, the White House said both countries would take part in a signing ceremony on April 22. An agreement between Obama and Xi to tackle domestic carbon emissions was seen as a key ingredient of the global accord achieved at a summit last year.

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