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China’s Climate Envoy Takes a Veiled Swipe at Trump

Wang Yi speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City on Sept. 23.

Wang Yi speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City on Sept. 23.

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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi took a swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump during a United Nations summit on Monday, saying the world will continue to fight global warming without him.

While Wang didn’t call out Trump or the U.S. directly, he said the “withdrawal of certain parties” from the global Paris climate agreement “will not shake the collective will of the international community, nor will it reverse the historical trend of international cooperation.” Trump has vowed to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord and dismantle Obama-era rules to slash greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants.