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China, India vow to uphold Paris climate deal after Trump quits

Fadel Senna, AFP | Members of international delegations play with a giant air globe ball outside the COP22 climate conference on November 18, 2016, in Marrakesh.

World leaders reacted with anger and defiance after US President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States, the world's second-biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris climate deal, which the EU, China and India have vowed to uphold.

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  • Trump said the Paris accord would undermine the US economy, cost US jobs and weaken American national sovereignty.
  • World leaders lashed Trump’s decision as misguided and vowed to defend a deal they view as crucial for the planet’s future.
  • The world's top polluter China and third-placed India both vowed to uphold the Paris agreement.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron said that Trump had made a mistake and rejected the suggestion of renegotiating the deal.
  • Leading US business figures also called Trump’s move a blow to international efforts to halt global warming.

Read our live blog to follow the day's developments below.

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