In advance of the start of the G20summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping presented documents formally entering China into the Paris climate agreement and U.S. President Barack Obama did the same on his country’s behalf after Air Force One touched down.
It’s a major step, since China and the United States are the world’s top two producers of man-made carbon emissions.
The agreement will take effect 30 days after the date when 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions have formally joined it. The total so far stands at just over 39%. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says he’s optimistic the Paris climate agreement will go into effect now that China and the United States have signed on.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using the trip to the G20 summit to announce a new online storefront to sell Canadian products to the vast and expanding Chinese market.
The digital hub will soon directly connect Canadian companies to more than 400-million Chinese consumers.
Trudeau and the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba announced the launch of a Canadian “pavilion” on the Tmall platform at the Chinese firm’s offices in Hangzhou. Trudeau says the hub on the world’s largest online shopping site will clearly brand Canadian goods and services for Chinese consumers and should also promote tourism in Canada.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma told Trudeau that his company will work hard to make sure that China’s consumers love the Canadian products.