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China, India, Brazil, South Africa together for climate change deal

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Staff writer ▼ | December 10, 2015
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Climate changes   BASIC countries are pointing to rich countries

China, India, Brazil and South Africa joined forces to insist that richer countries must have greater responsibility to tackle global warming.

The four nations, known as the BASIC countries, said at a press briefing that any deal must not alter the basic principle of differing responsibilities among richer and poorer countries, the envoys said.

“We BASIC countries are united and share the same stance,” China’s special climate change representative Xie Zhenhua said in opening remarks at a press conference.

The four may be left isolated at the talks as reports suggest that more than 100 countries and groups, including the United States and the European Union, are joining a “high ambition coalition” to push for a more ambitious and legally binding deal in Paris.


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