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COP26: What Asia pledged, from China to Vietnam and Philippines

Sideline deals on 'coal, cars, cash and trees' set to impact growth strategies

A power plant in northeastern China. The country made several commitments at COP26 but backed weakening the final agreement to "phase down" rather than "phase out" coal.   © Reuters

GLASGOW, Scotland -- The COP26 United Nations climate conference ended over the weekend after two weeks of tough negotiations among nearly 200 parties. Besides the concluding agreement, which calls for "phasing down" coal use, countries penned a flurry of declarations on the sidelines in an effort to keep alive the prospect of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C.

The Asia-Pacific region's major emitters and key actors made several commitments on "coal, cars, cash and trees," as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson put it, that are likely to have an impact on strategies for domestic growth and policies on energy and industry.

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