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Germany, China pledge to boost ties amid Trump concerns

Germany, China pledge to boost ties amid Trump concerns”

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang had arrived in Berlin on Wednesday, and held talks with Merkel in the capital on Thursday morning.

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

World leaders pledged Thursday to keep up the fight against global warming and urged Donald Trump to be part of that effort, hours before the US president was due to announce whether he would pull out of the Paris climate accord.

"China will stand by its responsibility", he said, adding that Beijing would keep working with global partners to address the problem of climate change.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has in the past even been dubbed the "climate chancellor" for her efforts to fight global warming, welcomed Mr Li's remarks at their joint press conference.

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.

"We are living in times of global uncertainty and see that we have a responsibility to expand our partnership in all the different areas and to push for a world order based on law", she added.

Beijing, which ratified the accord in 2016, said the position of other countries will not affect its stance of "upholding the outcome" of the climate change deal.

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"We will continue to lobby the Americans and the White House to show the leadership they have shown in the past on reducing CO2, " he said.

Li is expected also to sign a joint statement reaffirming China and EU's commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Mr Li is set to meet top European Union officials at a summit in Brussels today. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it.

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

"The EU and China consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever", the statement, by European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and China's Li, will say.

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

Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the USA government not to abandon global measures against climate change.



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