World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change

Michele Moreno
June 2, 2017

China and the European Union will seek on Friday to save a global pact against climate change from which U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be set to withdraw.

This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in a joint media briefing after talks in Berlin today.

She added: "But from that grows a special responsibility for both countries - for Germany and China - in all global issues - for example for climate protection, for the prevention of violent conflicts or in worldwide trade policy".

"China has become a more important and strategic partner", Merkel said at a joint news conference with Li.

Germany is the first stop for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on a European tour that comes amid growing concern in Germany over some of Trump's policies, especially on climate change and protectionism.

Uncertainties in worldwide political and economic situation are growing, while at the same time the trend of peace, development and cooperation as well as economic globalization is irresistible, said Li.

"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.

"China will stand by its responsibilities on climate change", he told reporters in Berlin, according to a German translation. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it.

Ms Merkel vented her frustration with Mr Trump on Sunday after what she described as unsatisfactory talks of G7 leaders, saying Germany and Europe could no longer totally rely on traditional allies.

"Once China's development reaches a certain level, it has to move to a sustainable model, that means we have to push green development", he said.

In Brussels, he plans to jointly chair the nineteenth meeting of Chinese and EU leaders with the Presidents of the European Council Donald Tusk and the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

While he did not mention the United States or Donald Trump, Mr Li's comments were clearly addressed to Washington.

"We will step up our measures against the global climate change and will also continue to participate in the multilateral process concerning climate change".

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