Germany, China vow to deepen partnership amid global uncertainty

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2017

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

Later on Thursday, Li will travel to Brussels for the annual EU-China summit, where he will meet top EU officials to discuss issues including trade, greenhouse gas emissions and North Korea's missile tests.

In the face of global uncertainties, anti-globalisation sentiment and rising protectionism in the world, China and Germany should continue to promote trade liberalisation and investment facilitation and safeguard the regulations of the World Trade Organisation, Mr Li said during talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

"China has become a more important and strategic partner", Merkel said at a joint news conference with Li.

Noting that the two countries enjoy complementary economic advantages, Mr Li said China will work to better conjoin the "Made In China 2025" blueprint and Germany's "Industrial 4.0" strategy.

"We are both ready to contribute to stability in the world", Mr Li said.

"Please don't change the (political) climate for the worse", European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted.

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

At the weekend G7 summit of wealthy nations, European and Canadian officials warned Trump that the United States risked ceding global leadership on combating climate change to China if it withdrew from the Paris accord.

The joint statement, the first between the China and the European Union, is believed to commit to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise US$100 billion (S$138 billion) a year by 2020 to help poorer countries cut emissions.

The withdrawal of key players from the Paris climate deal would "complicate" implementation of the pact, the Kremlin said.

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

China has been investing billions in clean energy infrastructure, as its leaders seek to clear up the notorious choking pollution enveloping its biggest cities, including Beijing.

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