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China urges Trump not to back out of climate deal.

“It is global society’s will that all want to cooperate to combat climate change,” a senior Chinese negotiator said at the U.N.’s annual climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Friday, adding that “any movement by the new U.S. government” will not change China’s own plan to transition away from fossil fuels and toward a renewable economy.

Not long ago, Beijing was considered an obstacle to climate action, the Financial Times points out. Now, facing a Trump presidency, China stands to emerge as a leader in the fight against climate change. The president-elect has pledged to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a non-binding agreement by nearly 200 nations to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Trump will be the only global leader not to recognize this threat of climate change.

“This issue is bigger than life,” Russia’s lead negotiator, Oleg Shamanov, told the Financial Times from the conference. “This is a long-term issue, longer than any mandate of any president of country X or Z, even if that country is a big one.”