China joins with European Union in sticking to Paris climate pact

02 June, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Clay Erickson
  • China joins with European Union in sticking to Paris climate pact

Germany and China vowed to extend their relationship in an increasingly uncertain global environment, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said after talks in Berlin on Thursday.

In a statement backed by all 28 EU states, the European Union and China will commit to full implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, EU and Chinese officials said.

Without mentioning the U.S. specifically, amid reports President Donald Trump is poised to announce his country will withdraw from the agreement, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement".

"Fighting climate change is a global consensus, it's not invented by China. and we realise that this is a global consensus agreement and that as a big developing nation we should shoulder our worldwide responsibility", he said.

The Kremlin says Russian Federation is committed to the Paris climate change accords.

Mrs Merkel vented her frustration with Mr Trump on Sunday after what she described as unsatisfactory talks at the meeting of G7 leaders, saying Germany - and Europe - could no longer completely rely on traditional allies.

Five Nordic countries have written a last-minute letter to President Donald Trump urging him to "make the right decision" and keep America signed onto the Paris climate accord.

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While he did not mention the USA or Donald Trump, Mr Li's comments were clearly addressed to Washington.

In Madrid, the leaders of India and Spain expressed their commitment to fighting climate change and reiterated their support for implanting the Kyoto and Paris accords.

"China and the European Union need to steadfastly adhere to the Paris agreement", Yang said in a written briefing to reporters.

When it comes to the European integration process, Li said that as a comprehensive strategic partner of the EU, China is glad to see a solidary, prosperous and stable Europe as it will be conducive to the world multipolarization and economic globalization.

The official is involved in preparing the meeting between EU Council President Donald Tusk, Juncker and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, but can't speak on the record because their meeting statement wasn't finalized.

Merkel welcomed Li's announcement that China would stand by its obligations on climate, saying that China and Germany are partners in building a "rules-based worldwide order". Two senior USA officials familiar with Trump's plans said Wednesday he is expected to withdraw the United States from the accord.

China will stand by its commitment to the Paris climate deal, regardless of the United States' potential withdrawal, the Chinese foreign ministry said Thursday.

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