China vows to adhere to Paris climate deal
- Author: Megan Austin Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 2:10
This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in a joint media briefing after talks in Berlin today.
Just hours after Donald Trump is expected to announce he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, European and Chinese leaders will outline how they plan to take the lead on global climate policy.
Asked about the Trump administration's possible move to exit from the Paris climate agreement, Li said China would uphold its commitments.
World leaders pledged Thursday to keep up the fight against global warming and urged Donald Trump to be part of that effort, hours before the USA president was due to announce whether he would pull out of the Paris climate accord.
"We are living at a time of global uncertainties".
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would continue to press the U.S.to reduce unsafe emissions even if Trump pulls out.
Merkel reportedly gave Li her backing for a free-trade deal between the European Union and China, but pointed out that an investment deal would be a precondition to any future trade talks.
Russian Federation joined the chorus, saying that the deal will be less effective without its key participants.
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"We are going to show them that implementing our targets is very positive for the economy, very positive for developing sophisticated technological advances and it is very positive for the welfare of the citizens", he said.
Li is expected also to sign a joint statement reaffirming China and EU's commitment to the Paris Agreement.
Mr Li said he believed the two had found a solution on the issue of Chinese quotas for electric cars after a lengthy discussion.
"A United States withdrawal from Paris sends a strong signal that, at the national policy level, there is little interest in Washington playing a leading role in this transition, with the impetus shifting to the US' major trading partners", he said.
When it comes to the European integration process, Mr Li said as a comprehensive strategic partner of the EU, China is glad to see a cohesive, prosperous and stable Europe.
However, thorny issues remain between the two exporting nations, with Ms Merkel saying she had pressed China to open up its market more to German firms who want a level playing field.
And Miguel Arias Canete, the European commissioner who has led climate talks with Beijing, said of the Paris accord: "No one should be left behind, but the EU and China have chose to move forward".