Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

China joins with European Union in sticking to Paris climate pact


"At this important moment when the current world situation is undergoing great changes, Premier Li Keqiang's visit will surely play an important role in promoting exchanges and deepening cooperation between China and Germany", Wang said.

Without mentioning the United States 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.

Calling the Paris pact a "historic quantum leap", she said that Germany would live up to its "obligations under this agreement, particularly on financing of climate assistance for the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world".

"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.

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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.

"China will continue to implement promises made in the Paris Agreement, to move towards the 2030 goal step by step steadfastly", Li said in a Berlin joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Other European leaders were more explicit in expressing their fears that the US government may abandon global measures against climate change.

"The U.S. exit from the climate accord is a major setback", Altmaier wrote in a guest op-ed in Bild am Sonntag newspaper published on Sunday.

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"We are both ready to contribute to stability in the world", Mr Li said.

"We need fair market access... and it's very important to protect intellectual property and ensure trade and business secrets are kept and of course in times of cyber possibilities that's not always easy", said Merkel at a business event later.

Merkel said she wanted European Union talks with China on an investment deal to make quick progress and that this would be a precondition to any free trade deal negotiations.

At the meeting, the EU and China will seek to create momentum for a bilateral investment agreement, according to a European official with knowledge of the discussions who asked not to be named because talks are ongoing. She and Li have reportedly resolved the issue of German political foundations working in China which she said were crucial for a stronger civil society.

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