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Trump's loss is Li's gain as Berlin rolls out red carpet for China's PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) yesterday said the world's No. 1 polluter will stick to its pledges to tackle global warming, underscoring the risk of US isolation if US President Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris climate accord.

In a statement backed by all 28 EU states, the European Union and China will commit to full implementation of the Paris climate agreement, officials from both sides said. The document will stress the dangers posed by rising temperatures "as a national security issue and multiplying factor of social and political fragility", while acknowledging that the transition to clean energy creates jobs and economic growth.

"China and the European Union need to steadfastly adhere to the Paris agreement", Ms Yang said.

Christiana Figueres, who served as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change during the Paris process, said she was "quite happy" about the global reaction to the USA move. Paris was "a bad deal for this country", but "it doesn't mean that we're not going to continue the discussion, to export our innovation, to export our technology to the rest of the world, to demonstrate how we do it better here is, I think, a very important message to send".

A White House official said earlier in the day that Trump was planning to pull out of the Paris deal, although a final decision hadn't been made.

"That is a competitive distortion against which we can only protect ourselves by saying: Whoever wants to have access to our market - and the European market is the biggest market in the world - needs to respect the European standards", he added, as cited by Politico.

Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea also regretted the USA move and reiterated their commitment to implement the agreement.

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Responding to President Donald Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement, the European Union is considering taking economic measures that could include halting trade talks, forging closer ties with Russian Federation, and imposing heavy carbon taxes on United States exports.

"Climate change is real".

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

A Major Chinese delegation are due to arrive in Brussels late on Thursday following the talks in Berlin.

While traveling overseas last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the Vatican. By withdrawing, Trump puts the US with Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations outside the accord.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday before Trump's decision was announced, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".

Scientists say the planet is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge, because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to 3 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

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