BEIJING, 2nd November, 2015 (WAM) — French President, Francois Hollande, has begun a two-day official visit to China to launch a bilateral appeal with Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to combat global warming.

Hollande said that he was seeking “a global and ambitious agreement that will allow global warming to be limited to two degrees, and Chinese support is essential to reaching an effective deal at the forthcoming climate change conference in Paris.”

China will be a key player at the UN conference, which begins on November 30th, in the face of disputes over whether developed or developing countries should bear more of the burden for reducing emissions.

Hollande is accompanied by around 40 heads of French firms and a number of ministers, and is due to visit a Sino-French water treatment company in Chongqing to highlight cooperation in green growth industries.