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In surprise move, U.S. and China vow to work together on climate change

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The U.S. and China pledged Wednesday to work closely together on climate change this decade in a rare and unexpected joint statement that brought fresh energy to the final days of the U.N. climate summit in Scotland.

The world’s two biggest economies declared their intention “to work individually, jointly, and with other countries during this decisive decade, in accordance with different national circumstances, to strengthen and accelerate climate action and cooperation,” the statement read.

The U.S. climate envoy, John Kerry, and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, brokered the agreement, which they touted in separate news conferences. Kerry said on Twitter that the deal is “a step in the right direction, a mark of progress and a solid foundation for continued cooperation in climate between our two countries.”

The countries said they will work together on deforestation and hold a bilateral meeting next year about methane, a potent greenhouse gas far…

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