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COPENHAGEN–If the talks that resulted in an imperfect deal to combat global warming provided anything here, it was a glimpse into a new world order in which global diplomacy will increasingly be shaped by the United States and emerging powers, most notably China.
Friday's agreement, sources involved in the talks said, boiled down to U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao personally hammering out a pact they could live with, even if many other nations could not. Wen even squelched his own negotiator's protests.
What Obama heralded as a "breakthrough" – after ge