China to Trump: We Didn't Make Up Global Warming

Minister points out Reagan's role in climate talks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2016 1:56 AM CST
Beijing to Trump: Global Warming Isn't a Chinese Hoax
US Secretary of State John Kerry gives a speech at the COP22 climate conference Wednesday in Marrakech, Morocco.   (Mark Ralston/Pool via AP)

China wants Donald Trump to know that contrary to his notorious 2012 tweet, global warming is not a concept it invented to undermine American manufacturing. At United Nations climate talks in Morocco Wednesday, China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin pointed out that Republican presidents helped launch Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change negotiations in the 1980s, USA Today reports. "If you look at the history of climate change negotiations, actually it was initiated by the IPCC with the support of the Republicans during the Reagan and senior Bush administration during the late 1980s," he said, per Bloomberg.

Concerns that Trump will pull the US out of the landmark Paris climate deal have dominated the Marrakech conference, where Secretary of State John Kerry told delegates this week that "the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the US" know climate change is happening and are "determined to keep our commitments in Paris," the Guardian reports. Liu told reporters that he hopes the US "will continue to play a leadership role in the climate change process" and though there is now some uncertainty, they expect America's new leader "will take a right and smart decision to live up to the world’s expectations." French President Francois Hollande has urged Trump to respect the "irreversible" Paris deal. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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