EU, China to unite on global warming after Trump withdrawal

EU, China to unite on global warming after Trump withdrawal

EU, China to unite on global warming after Trump withdrawal

Mr Trump's announcment on Thursday that he would take the United States out of the Paris deal, saying it would undermine the U.S. economy and cost jobs, drew anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry.

They also signed a multitude of business deals.

In a jibe at the USA administration, Juncker told the audience at an event of the Confederation of German Employers in Berlin that "not everything that is written in global agreements is fake news".

Without mentioning the U.S. 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.

Merkel and Li met hours ahead of Trump's decision on whether to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate accord.

Chinese and European Union leaders are to agree a joint statement on the Paris climate agreement saying it is "an imperative more important than ever".

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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.

On Tuesday, Modi said in Berlin that it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations as the world awaits a decision on US climate policy.

The EU-China bilateral statement was a key sign of the diplomatic re-shuffling likely to come in the wake of President Trump's dramatic announcement at the White House.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, with European Council President Donald Tusk, right, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the EU-China summit in Brussels, June 2, 2017.

"The pair has the potential to become the new driver for global climate diplomacy", Li said in a statement.

"Climate change is not a fairy tale. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", the CEO of electric auto maker Tesla Inc. tweeted shortly after Trump officially withdrew the USA from the global climate pact.

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They will "significantly intensify" their political, technical, economic and scientific cooperation on climate change and clean energy to help the world shift to an economy based on low greenhouse gas emissions.

"Stable" EU-China relations are "useful to counter instability in this world", noted the Chinese premier, who added that this "requires our constant efforts to resolve existing issues". Li and a major Chinese delegation are due to arrive in Brussels late Thursday following talks in Berlin.

While travelling overseas last week, Mr Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders as well as Pope Francis.

Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out for the climate accord.

The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of the Paris deal in a joint statement and committed to cutting fossil fuels, developing green technology, and to helping cut the emissions in poorer countries with a fund of $100 billion a year by 2020.

In addition to expanding its global economic reach in the wake of the U.S. climate pivot, Chinadialogue.net's Isabel Hilton said China will now also be looking to expand its diplomatic influence.

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