Chinese premier leads calls to keep up fight against global warming

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was working in Brussels to allay concerns from European leaders.

China and Germany have agreed to speed up negotiations on a China-EU investment agreement so as to further enrich the two countries' cooperation and ties.

China asked that the annual summit, normally held in mid-July, be brought forward to press home President Xi Jinping's defense of open trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, in response to Trump's protectionist stance. He urged the two sides to jointly confront the instability of the global situation with a stable bilateral cooperation.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a business conference on Friday that China and the European Union recognised the need for global solutions and this was nowhere more important than full implementation of the Paris agreement.

"He means nothing right now, but added ".it discards optionality that the president and his administration could have to change the shape of the Paris Agreement and change the pace of its enforcement".

China, a large developing country, should shoulder its worldwide responsibilities to jointly address the challenge of climate change with other countries, Li said. China needs to ensure "reciprocity" for European businesses in the Chinese market, she said.

Without mentioning the United States specifically, Mr Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", and pointed out that it was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.

A pullout by Washington would deal a devastating blow to global efforts to combat climate change less than 18 months after the historic 196-party pact was signed in Paris.

Abandoning the pact would isolate the U.S. from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions.

As for the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Merkel said that the European Union need to fulfill its obligations under Article 15 of the Protocol on China's Accession to the WTO.

Li praised Germany's support for the EU's implementation of the obligations under Article 15 and hopes that all sides abide by the norms of worldwide relations as well as the global consensus including the WTO rules.

More than half said there had been no increase in market access in their industry, unchanged from the previous survey.

"While EU officials are willing to engage in very public, critical battles with China over steel tariffs, solar panels, or the South China Sea, most EU officials are not willing to engage publicly in such debates over China's use of torture and arbitrary detention", the letter said.

The chamber called the survey a "wake-up call to the whole of Europe" over growing competition from Chinese companies. Li and a major Chinese delegation are due to arrive in Brussels late Thursday following talks in Berlin.

  • Leroy Wright