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Xi arrives in Paris for climate change conference

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Paris on Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of the international conference on climate change.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan, arrives in Paris, capital of France, to attend the opening ceremony of an international conference on climate change, Nov. 29, 2015. [Xinhua] 

Xi was accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan and other senior officials. They arrived in the French capital to attend the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More simply, it's called COP-21. The Chinese president will deliver a speech at the conference on Monday, raising China's proposals on countering climate change. It will be the first time for China's top leader to be present at the UN climate change conference. More than 140 heads of state and government will attend the opening ceremony.

The conference will start on Monday and run until December 11th. It is tasked with reaching a legally binding and universal climate pact. The goal is to limit average global warming to two degrees Celsius, perhaps less, over pre-Industrial Revolution levels, by curbing fossil fuel emissions.

So far this year, 183 of 195 nations have issued long-term plans for tackling climate change, covering about 95 percent of world emissions.


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