>> Trump's call to exit the Paris climate deal this week, may be a major win for China. It's the world's biggest source of climate warming greenhouse gases. But leading up to Trump's decision, Beijing led global efforts to persuade the world's number two polluter, the US, to stay in the Paris Accord, and keep to commitments that would limit global warming.
Now that Washington has bailed, Reuters' David Stanway says, China comes out looking like the good guy.>> In the end, it's not so much a bad thing for China if the United States does withdraw, because it does boost China's status as the world's leading emitter. The world's biggest population, and it's fully on board, and fully committed to the Paris Agreement.
This gives it a certain diplomatic strength, and a certain political reputation that is hard earned after all these years. If we look ten years ago, China was often perceived as the villain. It was constantly saying that it would not personally commit to emissions cuts. So at that time, it was considered to be a big stumbling block for a global deal.
Now, it's considered to be one of the biggest supporters, and one of the biggest forces behind combating global climate change.>> There may also be another upside for China, Beijing has pledged to bring its carbon emissions to a peak by 2030. But without the US as part of the Paris deal, it could now set its own pace to meet its climate goals.
>> It might not have to make such strong commitments. It will be enough that it's continuing to be a part of the Paris Agreement in continuing to meet the pledges already made to bring those emissions to a peak by 2030>> As for what China thinks of Trump's final decision, Beijing state media called it, a huge setback, and one nationalist tabloid didn't mince words.
The Global Times saying America's quote, selfishness and irresponsibility will be made clear to the world crippling the country's world leadership.