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EU Tilts to China in Climate Fight Amid Signs of Trump Softening

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Europe and China are stepping up their coordination in the battle against global warming, a top EU official said, as the U.S. mulls re-engaging in a landmark Paris agreement to cut greenhouse gases.

The 28-nation European Union will press ahead with efforts to protect the environment by shifting to a low-carbon economy and reducing dependency on fossil fuels, said Frans Timmermans, first vice president of the European Commission, in an interview in Brussels. The EU accounts for about 12 percent of global emissions and China for around 20 percent.