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Chinese, French presidents reach deal on climate change
2015-11-03 01:43

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with French President Francois Hollande at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 2, 2015. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Francois Hollande issued a joint statement on climate change in Beijing on Monday, vowing to promote a working program on accelerating pre-2020 efforts in mitigation, adaptation and support during the Paris climate summit.

They called for an enhanced transparency system to build trust and confidence in the Paris pact, as well as means to review the actions and support of various parties.

France will host the climate summit in Paris (COP21) in December, which is largely expected to result in a global and binding agreement on addressing climate change.

Hollande is visiting China ahead of the summit to seek China's support for a new climate change deal in Paris.

"China is committed to ensuring the success of the climate conference," Xi told Hollande in their talks on Monday afternoon.

Xi said China supported France as the host of the conference, voicing confidence that it would successfully play its role as a coordinator to facilitate a balanced and comprehensive result.

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