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The Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares for a historic break-through on climate: a formal commitment to a national program in 2017, that will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions. It was reported by the New York Times citing a representative of the American administration, according to whom the move will create a system of cap-and-trade system that represents a substantial step forward to reduce emissions at the hand of the major industries.

The announcement of Xi is part of ” China’s and the United States’ ambitious efforts to use their international influence in order to address the topic of climate change and put pressure on other countries to follow the same path,” reports the New York Times, noting that Xi and the US President Barack Obama will share their determination as leaders of the two largest economies in the world and will try to define the Paris Agreement in December. Xi’s commitment shows China’s intention to act quickly and defeats one of the Republicans’ arguments against action on climate change. The American right wing criticizes a chance to act because China, the biggest rival of the United States, does the same.

Obama and Xi have had informal talks during which they discussed also the nuclear deal in Iran. The President welcomed the Chinese leader at the White House, greeting him with a “ni hao” (“hello”). Next to this informal approach, for the head of the Chinese Communist Party will be fired 21 ritual gunshots of greeting, will be held an official banquet, a signal which shows that Washington considers Beijing a great power.

If China’s opening on the greenhouse gas emissions is a huge step forward for the very survival of the planet, we do not expect substantial progress on the “hottest” topics, at least during the formal part of the visit. “At the moment, the most constructive commitments have been taken  during private dinners,” said Ben Rhodes, one of the advisers to Obama’s national security.

Xi Jinping began his US visit in Seattle, meeting the main US industry in an attempt to reassure them on China’s ability to accept investments. During the official talks, will be addressed  issues such as the protection of intellectual property and cyber spying, for which US point their finger at Beijing, and the increasing pressure it is exerting on the neighboring countries on the see.

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