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Surprise U.S.-China Climate Deal Breaks Through Superpower Standoff

It was a bilateral deal between the two countries that paved the way for the landmark Paris Agreement 

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China and the U.S. vowed to work together to slow global warming, issuing a surprise joint statement Wednesday that injects new momentum into the last days of global climate negotiations. The deal also marks a rare moment of cooperation between superpowers locked in geopolitical rivalry and who seemed at odds for most of the two-week talks in Glasgow, Scotland.