Renewing the US-China climate standoff

The battle between China and the US over carbon emissions is threatening to intensify once more, with claim and counter-claim that the other should do more. November's UN meeting in Doha could be fiery.

Major developing countries have dampened prospects for agreement on international carbon emissions reduction targets by insisting on distinguishing between the responsibilities of industrialised and emerging economies to act on climate change beyond 2020.

At a meeting in Durban, South Africa, last December, ministers agreed to negotiate a deal, for implementation from 2020, in which all countries participated, boosting prospects for agreement on medium-term climate targets.

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