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US Paris accord exit moves China to center of climate change fight

Top Asian economy widens lead in share of global renewable capacity

Wind turbines sit atop mountains in China's Jiangxi Province. The country's capacity for wind power has increased 22-fold in the decade through 2018.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS -- Efforts by China, the European Union and Japan to cut carbon emissions are taking on greater significance as an international coalition of the willing starts to emerge to fight climate change without the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his government had begun the process to leave the Paris climate agreement. The move came as little surprise from a president who has championed America's coal and oil industries and is seeking re-election.

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