EU, China summit to back climate deal even without US

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says fighting climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility".

With the United States charting its exit from the worldwide Paris climate accord, the European Union president said the onus was now on Europe and China to take the lead.

Democratic officials have vowed to implement the goals of the Paris climate agreement, despite President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the accord Thursday.

Abandoning the pact would isolate the USA from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions. Since President Donald Trump was elected, China has warned him a US exit would defy the wishes of the rest of the world.

Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the US government not to abandon worldwide measures against climate change. Abandoning the pact would isolate the USA from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations.

Diplomatically, it will confirm that Trump has relinquished the USA role as the leader of the free world and the architect of world trade and environmental agreements. Leaders in Italy, Germany, and France released a rare joint statement condemning Mr Trump's actions, and said that the deal wasn't renegotiable even though the US President said he would seek a better deal than what Paris outlined. Withdrawing would leave the United States as one of just three countries outside the agreement.

At a regularly scheduled news conference Thursday, Hua said: "No matter whether other countries' positions may change, we will continue to uphold" a model of sustainable development.

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An EU official in Brussels said on Wednesday that the accord concluded in 2015 would stay in force and continue to be implemented even if the USA withdrew.

In March, he signed an executive order to roll back Obama-era policies regulating carbon emissions.

The Xinhua news agency said Li made the appeal on Wednesday during an official visit to Germany for an annual meeting between the two heads of government.

While not mentioning the U.S.by name, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying tells reporters climate change is a "global challenge" that no country can ignore.

Now, like clockwork, anonymous sources are rushing to clarify that Ivanka Trump, First Daughter and senior White House adviser, has always been firmly in the "remain" camp.She's criticizing what she says are "destructive and short-sighted" decisions by the Trump administration.

The EU also wants an investment treaty with China to open the huge Chinese market to European companies and remove onerous rules forcing them to share know-how.

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