Germany and China vow to deepen ties amid Trump concerns

Germany and China vow to deepen ties amid Trump concerns

"China will stand by its responsibilities on climate change", he told reporters in Berlin, according to a German translation.

Mr Peter Kiernan, lead analyst for energy issues at the Economist Intelligence Unit told TODAY that if the United States withdraws from the landmark climate pact, it "stands to be left behind somewhat as other major economies, such as Europe, China and India, press ahead with the transition towards cleaner energy systems".

In Madrid, the leaders of India and Spain expressed their commitment to fighting climate change and reiterated their support for implanting the Kyoto and Paris accords.

But since the G7 summit, Merkel and other senior German politicians have signalled that they do not see a Trump-led U.S. as a reliable partner on a host of issues from free trade to climate change.

"The EU and China consider the Paris Agreement as an historic achievement further accelerating the irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development", a draft statement, seen on Wednesday by the news agencies Agence France Presse and the Deutsche Presse Agentur, said: "The EU and China underline their highest political commitment to the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement in all its aspects".

The meeting comes a day after Merkel hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

China says it will work with the European Union to uphold the global agreement on climate change even if the USA pulls out.

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European Union survey respondents said they saw little immediate hope for change, with only 15% expressing confidence that regulatory barriers would fall over the next 5 years; 40% said they thought barriers would increase.

Juncker said: "If the US president pulls out of the Paris agreement, and he will in the next days or hours, then it is Europe's duty to say that that is not how it works".

China is pushing for global recognition of the C919, which does not yet have certification from European and US regulators.

A draft statement obtained by Bloomberg said the European Union and China want climate change and clean energy to "become a main pillar of their bilateral partnership, including in their economic relations".

Mr Trump is expected to announce his decision on Thursday afternoon United States time (8pm BST).

The White House signaled that Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact - fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges - though top aides were divided. The president has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from both inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.

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