EU, China to unite on global warming after Trump withdrawal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel right looks on as the Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang left gestures during a welcome ceremony as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin Germany Wednesday

Trump's Loss is Li's Gain as Berlin Rolls Out Red Carpet for China's PM

The European Union and China warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday he was making a major error by withdrawing from the Paris climate pact, but the pair failed to agree a formal climate statement because of divisions over trade.

Li made the remarks in a keynote speech at the 12th EU-China Business Summit, in response to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's concern on global uncertainties. And, you know, Friday, for example, the European Union and China, they just concluded a bilateral, the leaders of their countries, in Brussels.

"The EU and China are joining forces to forge ahead on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the global transition to clean energy", EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said about the upcoming EU-China summit, stressing they remain committed to Paris.

It is a dramatic development that has helped halt the rise of global Carbon dioxide emissions for the first time since a global climate change treaty was first signed nearly three decades ago, the environmental advocacy group said.

The deal commits the countries to cut carbon emission.

As China emerges as Europe's unlikely global partner on areas from free trade to security, Premier Li Keqiang will meet top European Union officials at a summit in Brussels that will also discuss North Korea's missile tests and global steel overcapacity.

The leaders' news conference was delayed for three hours as they sought to find agreement.

That also meant there could be no agreement on a formal pledge to work together to reduce global steel production.

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

That theme was an undercurrent of the day-long meeting.

"A big economic powerhouse needs to be higher than mid-table", he said, adding that a planned EU-Chinese investment treaty needed to be completed to ensure reciprocal relations.

A senior Chinese official said China is determined to open up and reach a deal, which seen as a forerunner to a possible future free-trade accord.

"Our climate action strategy represents an opportunity to attract investment, innovation and develop new green technologies", he said.

ALVIN LIN: Thank you very much for having me. We find the problems, but we are working on them.

Meanwhile, General Motors, the No. 1 US automaker, said it would continue its commitment to "creating a better environment".

The Paris climate pact did not hold countries like India and China accountable on greenhouse emissions, the White House has said as it defended President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the landmark accord.

"The agreement is fit for objective".

He said that the president was "focused on" whether the agreement "impacted us economically and whether good environmental objectives were achieved as a result of Paris".

Chief executive Odd Arild Grefstad cited the growth of renewable energy in USA states such as Texas, New York and California as signs that "the world has started the transition from fossil to a renewable economy". "There is no backsliding on the Paris agreement", Juncker said.

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