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Behind China's Evolution From Climate Deal Holdout to Leader

  • Pollution backlash at home leads to closure of coal plants
  • Energy use set to decline on shift away from heavy industry
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China Seeks Pollution Solution on Path to Leadership

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Back in 2009, China was a reluctant partner during major climate negotiations in Copenhagen that eventually collapsed amid recriminations between rich and poor nations. This time around the world’s biggest polluter is regarded as a driving force behind what could be a comprehensive deal at a world climate summit in Paris. 

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