World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change

World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany must expand its partnership with China at what she described as "a time of global insecurity".

China said Thursday that it will work with the European Union to uphold the worldwide agreement on climate change even if the US pulls out.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, Mr Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", and pointed out that it was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

China has led worldwide calls to keep up the fight against global warming, hours before USA president Donald Trump announces whether he will pull out of the Paris climate accord.

"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.

European diplomats have been miffed by the Trump administration's disregard for climate change, causing a rift in transatlantic relations.

While not mentioning the U.S.by name, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying tells reporters climate change is a "global challenge" that no country can ignore.

Merkel vented her frustration with 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.

But since the G7 summit, Merkel and other senior German politicians have signalled that they do not see a Trump-led United States as a reliable partner on a host of issues from free trade to climate change.

In Brussels, the Chinese Premier will co-chair the 19th China-EU leaders' meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and pay an official visit to Belgium.

In a joint statement, China and the European Union will commit to full implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, said officials.

The EU-China summit follows a tense worldwide tour by US President Donald Trump in which he spurned pleas by his European counterparts to adhere to the deal.

However, thorny issues remain between the two exporting nations, with Merkel insisting that China opens up its markets and that German firms operating there should have a level playing field. She also said it was important for non-governmental organisations to work in China to strengthen civil rights. "At a moment in which the United States have doubts about the benefits of remaining in the Paris agreement ... two major players in the climate arena declare that they are committed to the Paris agreement", he said of the European Union and China.

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