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

Gladys Abbott
June 5, 2017

Mr Li is set to meet top European Union officials at a summit in Brussels today.

Three Democratic governors say they won't let the United States back away from the global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite President Donald Trump withdrawing from an worldwide pact.

Without mentioning the USA specifically, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement".

"The EU and China consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever", according to the statement, which will be presented at a meeting of EU and Chinese officials in Brussels on Friday. President Trump's national populism has been seen as a rebuke to post-World War II multilateralism. The man they call president has just handed a huge global win to Those in Command in Beijing by pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

On these topics, however, China and the European Union seemed less united.

By far the world's top steel producer, China's annual steel output is nearly double the EU's total production.

China has been the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases stoking global warming since 2007, when it surpassed the United States, the world's top emitter for the 20th century.

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"This group is completely committed to meeting the Paris agreement".

The warmer EU-China relationship, partly spurred by Trump, is despite a long-running spat with Beijing on what Europe sees as China's dumping of low-priced goods on European markets.

China once again showed the world its firm resolution to deal with climate change, as Premier Li stressed in the press conference that China will continue to work "steadfastly" to implement the commitment of the Paris climate deal. Jerry Brown is looking for allies in the fight against climate change and he sees one in China, which he'll visit later this week.

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.

EU officials say they will bring up the South China Sea in the talks on Friday, but they will be wary to avoid a repeat of last year's tense EU-China summit in Beijing, which failed to agree a joint statement because of the maritime issue.

The investment deal will benefit the two-way opening-up and equality between the Chinese and European Union markets, and improve the mutual trade and investment scales of the two sides.

"President (Vladimir) Putin signed this convention in Paris".

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