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Feinstein Praises U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

President’s China trip also results in agreements on trade, military cooperation

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on President Obama’s trip to China. During the president’s trip, he announced that the United States will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 to between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels; China also announced that it will reach peak emissions by or before 2030 and will increase its share of clean energy by then to around 20 percent:

“Combatting climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, and the agreement reached in Beijing is a significant and welcome accomplishment. By bringing together the world’s two biggest contributors to global warming and committing to ambitious solutions, this agreement proves that we can forge an international consensus to solve this problem.

“President Obama’s trip had other notable successes including agreements to extend short-term business, student and travel visas; improve transparency and communication between U.S. and Chinese militaries; and cut tariffs on technology products. These developments will help expand business and cultural ties between the countries and help avoid a military confrontation in the South and East China Seas.

“This fruitful trip is the result of steady engagement with the Chinese and shows that we all benefit when the United States and China work together.”