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China should now outline how it will reduce domestic carbon emissions

No more domestic coal-fired power plants would show that Beijing is serious

| China
Smoke rises from a coal-fired power plant in Datong in March 2018: China only pledges to peak carbon emissions before 2030.   © Imaginechina/AP

Kevin Rudd is a former prime minister of Australia and is the global president of the Asia Society. Thom Woodroofe is a former climate diplomat and a fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Xi Jinping's pledge to the U.N. General Assembly last week to halt China's construction of coal-fired power plants abroad through the Belt and Road Initiative has drawn a big line in the sand.

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