Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Looking for leadership from Paris

China will "steadfastly" implement the Paris climate pact, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, urging others to do likewise as US President Donald Trump was due to announce whether he will keep Washington in the deal.

"We are both ready to contribute to stability in the world", the Chinese premier told reporters, echoing comments made by Merkel who said Germany should expand its partnership with China at such a time.

Speaking in Berlin about the Paris climate change accord, he said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment". Merkel vented her frustration with 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. Since then she has hosted Li and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Merkel said Beijing had more work to do: "China's commitment to further integrate into free world trade, step by step, is a very important commitment". However, the other day President Donald Trump while living up to its character announced withdrawal from the Paris Treaty, much to the dismay and anguish of not only the whole world but also its own people as the USA state governors, city mayors and powerful companies while standing in defiance pledged to meet greenhouse gas emissions regardless of Trump's decision.

In Berlin, Li and Merkel oversaw the signing of a slew of deals including electric auto projects between Germany's biggest automobile groups, Volkswagen and Daimler, with Chinese companies.

Li said he believed they two had found a solution on the issue of Chinese quotas for electric cars after a lengthy discussion.

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Li said all foreign companies, including German businesses, were welcome to invest in China, adding that competition must be fair and therefore regulation strong.

Arguing that the protection of intellectual property was paramount to secure China's transition to an innovative economy, Li declared: "I hereby commit once again that the first and foremost important thing is to guarantee the protection of intellectual property rights".

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