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China vows to adhere to Paris climate deal

China vows to adhere to Paris climate deal

China vows to adhere to Paris climate deal

After Berlin, Li will continue to Brussels, where, at a China-European Union summit, both sides are expected to make a declaration on their commitment to tackling climate change - a proclamation created to send a strong message to Trump.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, prompting a furious global backlash and throwing efforts to slow global warming into doubt.

"We agreed that trading nations like Germany and China should cooperate and make clear commitments to free trade", said Merkel, who held a private dinner with Li in the Chancellery on Wednesday evening.

Asked what kind of exchanges Beijing's leaders have had with Trump regarding his decision, Hua said China and the United States "have maintained close communications at various levels" on subjects including climate change.

In a tweet, Trump said an announcement would come in the "next few days", ratcheting up the tension over what could be one of the biggest decisions of his presidency.

The European Commission, the EU executive, described the USA pullout from the pact to fight the dangers of global warming and signed by more than 190 countries, as a sad day for the global community, but said it would seek new alliances.

Canete also predicted that the European Union would seek new alliances from the world's largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as USA businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.

China will look to continue its expansion in renewables with the shift in USA energy policy.

The European Commission, the EU executive, described the United States withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, which more than 190 countries have signed, as a sad day for the global community, but said that it would seek new alliances.

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The Trump administration argued that the deal was unfair to the U.S. economy.

"Climate change is real".

And China, eager to be seen as the new global leader on climate change, will push hard for related business opportunities, including making things like solar panels and wind turbines.

Bill Ford, chairman of the Ford Motor Co., also weighed in, saying: "We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities". Li and a major Chinese delegation are due to arrive in Brussels late Thursday following talks in Berlin.

"The EU and China underline their highest political commitment to the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement in all its aspects", according to the nine-page draft.

A day after Trump rejected the Paris agreement, the European Union and Chinese leaders repeated their support for the deal. By withdrawing, Trump puts the USA with Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations outside the accord.

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

The joint statement, which will be the first between the China and the European Union, commits to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more "green" technology and helping raise US$100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer nations cut emissions, Reuters said.

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