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China and European Union to present joint plans for GHG emission reduction

During a visit to Germany, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday that China would “steadfastly” implement the Paris climate deal even if the U.S. pulled out.

Li made the remarks at a bilateral forum on innovation cooperation on Thursday, also attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Xinhua news agency reported.

For more than a year, Chinese and European Union officials have been working behind the scenes to agree a joint statement on climate change and clean energy. It would send a clear message if Trump does decide to withdraw from the 195-nation deal – a decision expected to be announced early on Friday morning.

The nationalist tabloid Global Times asserted in an editorial that Beijing’s “attitude toward the Paris deal is not related to geopolitics”.

Trump is widely believed to be leaning towards pulling the U.S. out of the Paris agreement – seen as one of the most important accomplishments of his predecessor Barack Obama, who secured Beijing’s endorsement after years of negotiations.

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

When asked about whether China has spoken to the Trump administration about the climate agreement, she said, “China and the United States have close communications about a wide variety of topics, and of course, this includes the issue of climate change”. In this world we will be in a jungle without rules. “In fact, there is no better time for China to further its global climate leadership”, he said.

The new move by the European Union and China was warmly welcomed by environmental campaigners, rattled by the prospect of the world’s second largest emitter of carbon pulling out of the globally supported agreement. Beijing and Washington were widely seen as playing a key role in securing the Paris deal.

Ms. Figueres also pointed out that China’s pursuit of emission goals would have a major economic fall-out. Calling China and Germany a golden pair of innovation cooperation, Li said such a partnership has put a high-powered engine to China-Germany pragmatic cooperation.

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