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Germany, China pledge to boost ties amid Trump concerns

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Just hours after Donald Trump is expected to announce he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, European and Chinese leaders will outline how they plan to take the lead on global climate policy.

"In sum, China will honor its commitments in the framework of the Paris climate protection agreement", he said.

World leaders pledged Thursday to keep up the fight against global warming and urged Donald Trump to be part of that effort, hours before the USA president was due to announce whether he would pull out of the Paris climate accord.

He added: "Fighting climate change is a global consensus, it's not invented by China. and we realize that this is a global consensus agreement and that as a big developing nation we should shoulder our worldwide responsibility".

In Brussels, he plans to jointly chair the nineteenth meeting of Chinese and EU leaders with the Presidents of the European Council Donald Tusk and the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

"We are living at a time of global uncertainties".

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Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out in favour of the climate accord. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, 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".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would continue to press Washington to reduce unsafe emissions even if Mr Trump pulls out.

EU officials say they will bring up the South China Sea in the talks on Friday, but they will be wary to avoid a repeat of last year's tense EU-China summit in Beijing, which failed to agree a joint statement because of the maritime issue. She also said it was important for non-governmental organisations to work in China to strengthen civil rights. Li said he believed they two had found a solution on the issue of Chinese quotas for electric cars after a lengthy discussion.

However, thorny issues remain between the two exporting nations, with Merkel insisting that China opens up its markets and that German firms operating there should have a level playing field. While China needs the EU's technical know-how to fight the pollution blighting its cities, the European Union is looking to Beijing to take action against emissions blamed for increased droughts, rising seas and other affects of climate change.

Merkel and Li met hours ahead of Trump's decision on whether to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.

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