Macron and Xi will agree 'irreversibility' of the Paris climate agreement

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping will sign a pact that includes a wording on the irreversibility of the Paris climate agreement, a French presidential office official said Tuesday. The agreement comes after the administration of President Donald Trump said Monday that he submitted documents to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the first formal step in a one-year process to get out of the global pact to combat climate change. . The move is part of Trump's broader strategy to reduce bureaucracy in American industry, but it comes at a time when scientists and many world governments urge rapid action to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. Speaking to journalists in Shanghai accompanying Macron who is on a state visit to China, an official of the French presidential office expressed regret over the US measure. We regret this and this only makes the Franco-Chinese association on climate and biodiversity more necessary, the official said, on condition of anonymity. The text that will be signed tomorrow includes a paragraph on the irreversibility of the Paris agreement. Macron and Xi will hold a formal meeting in Beijing on Wednesday. Macron is in Shanghai attending an important trade fair, where Xi will give the keynote address. China and France pledged at this year's G20 summit to update their contributions against climate change beyond the current ones to reflect their greatest possible ambition. The 2015 Paris climate agreement encourages countries to make stronger promises if they can do so. China aims to raise emissions to around 2030 and increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its total energy mix to 20% by the end of the next decade, compared to 15% in 2020. The United States is the first country to say that it will withdraw from the agreement, but 10 countries have also failed to ratify it, including Turkey. (Marine Pennetier report; Ben Blanchard writing; Christopher Cushing and Lincoln Feast edition.) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)