China, EU seek to deepen relations

EU China seek tighter bond to face Trump

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says fighting climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility".

Speaking in Berlin about the Paris climate change accord, he said: "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment".

Juncker said: "If the USA president pulls out of the Paris agreement, and he will in the next days or hours, then it is Europe's duty to say that that is not how it works".

The EU and China in Brussels are to call on all parties to uphold the Paris agreement because climate change is a "national security issue and multiplying factor of social and political fragility, and constitutes a root cause for instability", according to the draft statement.

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

"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.

Merkel vented her frustration with Trump on Sunday after what she described as unsatisfactory talks at the meeting of G7 leaders, saying Germany - and Europe - could no longer completely rely on traditional allies.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would continue to press Washington to reduce risky emissions even if Mr Trump pulls out.

"These are impressive figures and we both said we want to extend this", said Merkel, adding the signing of business agreements pointed to future cooperation in cars, aviation technology, recycling and artificial intelligence.Among the deals signed was one between Daimler and joint venture partner BAIC Motor Corporation on upgrading a Mercedes-Benz factory in Beijing for electric cars.

Doing business in China remains hard for many European companies and most are still being treated unfairly, a lobby group said yesterday, undermining Beijing's claims that it welcomes foreign investment.

That is a message the European Union companies want Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to hear when he travels to Brussels for an annual summit with European Union leaders on Thursday and Friday. She also said it was important for non-governmental organisations to work in China to strengthen civil rights.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by China to hurt the USA economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

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.

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