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Loss/Damage Splits Developing; G20 Equitable and Inclusive; Fast Tractor

Loss/Damage Splits Developing EU Executive Vice President for the Green Deal Frans Timmermans announced at the COP27 meeting that Europe could support contributions to a Loss and Damage fund to help developing countries with climate change, but only if China contributes. After all, China is the third largest subscription to capital in the World Bank as well as at the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank where it buys influence. It also looms large as it spends large amounts in 68 countries under its Belt and Road initiative. Developing countries have tended to support both China and India retaining their own “developing country” status in the WTO but the prospect of larger handouts from a Loss and Damage fund has some devel...

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