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Climate Change

Japan and US take aim at China's 'developing' status on emissions

Pressure builds on world's No. 2 economy to accelerate decarbonization push

A coal-fired heating complex in Harbin: China is the world's second-largest economy and largest emitter of greenhouse gases.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. will begin discussing concrete measures to pressure China to curb greenhouse gas emissions, including ending preferential treatment on climate issues afforded to Beijing as a developing economy.

They believe that China must step up its efforts as the world's second-largest economy, and plan to raise the issue at the Group of Seven summit next month in the U.K. and the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, in November.

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