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Asia shares a patchwork of climate goals: 5 things to know

Countries unite to reduce emissions but targets are difficult to compare

World leaders appear on a video screen during a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, April 23, 2021.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- As world leaders gathered for a virtual climate summit hosted by the U.S., Asian countries -- which account for more than half of global carbon dioxide emissions as a region -- expressed their commitments to fighting the existential threat of global warming, albeit in different ways.

Japan set a new target for its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, while South Korean leader Moon Jae-in reportedly said he would also raise the reduction target later this year. Chinese President Xi Jinping, joining the conference despite the ongoing tensions with the U.S., reaffirmed China's goal to peak carbon emissions by 2030.

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