A U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement is unlikely to scuttle the international deal, but it could instead see China take on a leadership role, experts say. 
“I think a lot of it will fall upon the shoulders of China,” said Henrik Selin, director of curricular innovation and initiatives at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.
He said with China, the planet’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, remaining committed to tackling climate change and supporting the deal, it could be an example for other countries and “at least fill some of the vacuum left by the U.S.”
“I think on some level, China can see this as an opportunity to provide leadership.”
Donald Trump’s plans for the agreement have become unclear since the election. On the campaign trail, candidate Trump repeatedly pledged he would cancel the deal. But president-elect Trump seems to be hedging.
In an interview with the editorial board of the New York Times on Tuesday, Trump said …