EU, China seek tighter bond to face Trump

Posted June 02, 2017

Germany and China vowed on Thursday to expand their partnership, pledging to continue to fight climate change hours before U.S. President Donald Trump announces whether Washington will quit a global climate deal.

China on Thursday said it will continue to uphold the Paris Agreement after US President Donald Trump indicated his country might pull out of the accord.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement".

He added: "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".

Angela Merkel expressed appreciation for China's support for the European integration, and wished for a fruitful meeting between Li and the EU leaders.

China is pushing for global recognition of the C919, which does not yet have certification from European and USA regulators.

Mr Trump is expected to announce his decision on Thursday afternoon USA time (8pm BST).

Juncker went on to say that the Group of Seven leaders "tried to explain this in clear simple sentences to Mr. Trump" at a recent summit in Italy.

Michael Sohn  AP
Michael Sohn AP

A draft statement obtained by Bloomberg said the European Union and China want climate change and clean energy to "become a main pillar of their bilateral partnership, including in their economic relations".

Johnson told Sky News that Britain still wants the take the lead in fighting climate change and called on individual US states to keep making progress on that front.

U.S. President Trump called global warming "a hoax" during his election campaign, and promised to scrap the agreement and return jobs to the coal industry.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and Pope Francis.

Withdrawing would leave the USA as one of just three countries outside the agreement, with the other two being Syria and Nicaragua.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and there is no alternative to it. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it.

On Tuesday, she congratulated Modi for India's "intensive" commitment to the climate pact during his visit, which was seen as a sign of Berlin shifting its focus towards Asia in response to Trump's stance.

Scientists say the planet is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner if the USA retreats from its pledge, because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.