European Union and China seek climate partnership


Trump sparked global outcry on Thursday when he announced the decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. He said that even though "it looks like that attempt failed". the "law is the law". That speaks not just to its leaders' desire to modernize the nation, but also for global recognition and a re-emergence from the "humiliations" suffered during colonial rule and war during the 19th and 20th centuries.

"We will issue a joint statement on climate change that will stress that China and the European Union. will implement the agreement", a senior European Union official told reporters on Wednesday, on condition of anonymity.

The European Commission president and former Luxembourg prime minister was referring to the testy relations between EU leaders and Donald Trump, the United States president, particularly during last week's G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summits, and to Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord.

Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea also regretted the US move and reiterated their commitment to implement the agreement.

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.

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Li's Brussels trip came after his official visit to Germany where he attended the annual meeting between Chinese premier and German chancellor.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", the leaders of the three countries said in a rare joint statement.

A White House official said Wednesday that there could be "caveats in the language" announcing a withdrawal, leaving open the possibility that his decision isn't final.

Russia Today reported that former EU Parliament President Martin Schulz has pledged to respond to Donald Trump's pullout by refusing to engage in transatlantic trade talks. "People die or are obliged to leave their homes because of desertification, lack of water, exposure to disease, extreme weather conditions".

The announcement marks one of the few joint statements between China and the European Union.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement "a major disappointment" and said it was "crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues", according to his spokesman.

Mr Trump's plan to follow through on a campaign pledge to withdraw from the Paris accord, agreed on by almost 200 countries in 2015, is now dominating talk, diplomats said. The document will stress the dangers posed by rising temperatures "as a national security issue and multiplying factor of social and political fragility", while acknowledging that the transition to clean energy creates jobs and economic growth.

During a trip to Europe this week, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi expressed India's commitment to fighting climate change and said it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations.

Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral co-operation in the field of combating climate change.

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