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Big emitters China and India hold keys to COP26 success

Gulf between developed and emerging countries hurdle to bold action on climate

A coal-fired power plant exudes smoke in Shanghai. The fossil fuel accounts for more than half of China's electricity production.   © Reuters

GLASGOW, U.K. -- The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, is set to kick off here Sunday, with the biggest focus on how committed the two largest developing countries, China and India, will be to cutting their green house gas emissions.

Whether the deep divide between advanced and developing nations can be bridged, allowing agreements to be reached on such issues as cutting coal use and providing financial aid to developing countries will also be closely watched.

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