EU, China summit to back climate deal even without US

China vows to stick to Paris climate deal

"China has become a more important and strategic partner", Mrs Merkel said at a joint news conference with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, pointing to political, economic, social and cultural ties.

China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang arrived in Berlin on Wednesday at the start of a European tour, poised to jump into the global climate change leadership gap left by US President Donald Trump's impending withdrawal from the Paris climate pact.

At last's weekend G7 summit of wealthy nations, European and Canadian officials warned Mr Trump that the USA risked ceding global leadership on combating climate change to China if it withdrew from the Paris accord.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on whether to abandon the Paris climate accord Thursday afternoon US time (3 p.m. EDT; 1900 GMT).

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".

Mr Li and Dr Merkel also exchanged views over global and regional issues of common concern.

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

Merkel expressed appreciation for China's support for the European integration, and wished for a fruitful meeting between Li and EU leaders.

Social media rushes to define Trump's 'covfefe' tweet
Now that the trip is history, though, it's clear the presidential tweeter is back in full, with " covfefe " and more. Trump poked fun at the typo, tweeting around 6 a.m., "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe"??? ".

"I understand that if they decide to pull out it will be disappointing but I really don't think this will change the course of mankind", European Commission vice president for energy, Maros Sefcovic, said at a briefing.

Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out in favor of the climate accord.

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

The deal commits the countries to cut carbon emission.

The Chinese premier will travel to Brussels to meet with European Union officialslater on Thursday, where he is expected to discuss issues such as climate policy, trade and North Korea.

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 address North Korea's missile tests and global steel overcapacity. "We see it as our responsibility to strengthen our partnership in many fields and to work for a rules-based world order", she said. Two senior US officials familiar with Trump's plans said Wednesday he is expected to withdraw the United States from the accord.

President Donald Trump will announce that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord.

Related News:

  • Korea calls S. Korea's border firing reckless provocation

    The United States, Britain and France have been pushing for a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions against North Korea . South Korea says it has fired warning shots at an object that flew across the demilitarised zone from North Korea .
    James Passes Jordan, Cavs Back In Finals With 135-102 Win

    James Passes Jordan, Cavs Back In Finals With 135-102 Win

    Can James win his fourth ring? Durant certainly wasn't the first player to seek an instant championship through free agency. I know that both sides are relatively exhausted at this point of the season, but that just makes it an even playing field.
    114 arrested in immigration sweep in PA

    114 arrested in immigration sweep in PA

    A convicted rapist and previously deported cocaine trafficker were among those arrested in that region, according to ICE. The crackdown took place in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
  • Pelley out as

    Pelley out as "CBS Evening News" anchor

    But sources told The Post that the network decided not to renew Pelley's contract after unsatisfactory ratings during his tenure. Page Six had previously reported in December that Pelley might be on his way out of the anchor chair position on the show.

    LeBron Undaunted By Challenge Of Facing Warriors In Finals

    It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see. "First of all, I don't get involved in the hype", James said. We had to earn it.' And both teams had to do the same thing.
    Mike Zimmer Says He Plans to Keep Coaching Despite Eye Problems

    Mike Zimmer Says He Plans to Keep Coaching Despite Eye Problems

    "At that point he was throwing the ball really well", Zimmer said. "I'll be back. We can put that retiring thing to bed quickly". Clearly, Zimmer isn't messing around.
  • Moses is not a cheat - Conte

    The only bit of advice I have for young coaches, if you have a tendency to be paranoid don't do this job. I don't think they're going to be anywhere near the title.
    Gujarat Board SSC Class 10th Result 2017

    Gujarat Board SSC Class 10th Result 2017

    In their press release, the Gujarat Board had clearly stated that the results will be out on their official website. Stay tuned to this website. we will update Gujarat Board SSC Pass Percentage, supply exam dates here.
    Montana election pits behavior against partisan loyalties

    Montana election pits behavior against partisan loyalties

    Jacobs' tone was respectful, not badgering as Gianforte's campaign suggested in its statement about the incident. The Montana Secretary of State reported Gianforte drawing 181,137 votes, or 50 percent, as of 11:22 p.m.
  • Trump's evangelical supporters disappointed about Israel embassy decision

    Trump's decision came hours after administration officials said he was considering pulling the US out of NAFTA altogether. Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, but the Palestinians claim east Jerusalem for the capital of a future state.
    PlayStation 3 Production Ends in Japan

    PlayStation 3 Production Ends in Japan

    The leak about PlayStation Plus June 2017 games lineup also suggests that both of these games will be available on PlayStation4. Entertainment's Life Is Strange video game is rumored to be a part of PlayStation Plus June 2017 free games lineup.
    Manchester police arrest man, 25, in bomb probe

    Manchester police arrest man, 25, in bomb probe

    That brings to 11 the number of suspects held over the Manchester Arena attack that was claimed by the Daesh terror group. I heart Manchester signs were dotted around the city, and runners set off under the banner #RunForManchester.


Most liked

Phil Jones: This season proves Man Utd on way back
The European triumph followed the EFL Cup and Community Shield wins has Jones upbeat about next season. Juan Mata has admitted that a lack of consistency cost Manchester United this season.

Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican
As Mr Trump and the pope said goodbye at the door of the study, Mr Trump told him: "Thank you, thank you". And the president thinks there's another reason why they will get on. "We had a fantastic meeting".

USA to test missile defense after North Korea warns of 'gift'
North Korea has attempted seven missile tests in 2017, including two recent tests in one week alone, keeping the world on edge. Under the supervision of Kim Jong Un , North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile off its east coast Monday morning.

To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning
The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day , which was first used in 1882. But in the midst of it all we should never forget that many have died so that we can enjoy such pleasures.

North Korea missile test is huge step forward
He added: "We need to return to dialogue with North Korea and stop scaring it and find ways to resolve these problems peacefully". Following that launch, Washington began talks with North Korean ally China on possible new United Nations sanctions.

The buzz in the Bronx for Derek Jeter Day
As CBS2's Ali Bauman reported, the Yankees will also unveil a Monument Park plaque honoring Jeter at Yankee Stadium. Astros-Yankees game postponed; teams will play doubleheader Sunday when Derek Jeter honored.

Gianforte wins in Montana; apologizes to reporter
Jacobs captured audio of the encounter which began with Jacobs asking Gianforte about the congressional health care bill. Gianforte's support came from people like Bozeman advertising executive Cailley Tonn, who voted early for Gianforte.

Ford appoints 'true visionary' Jim Hackett as president and CEO
Technology industry executives, whose offices had been designed and furnished by Steelcase , treated Hackett like a star. But naming a 62-year-old from the furniture trade to replace him hints at how unprepared the family was for a revolt.

India's longest bridge brings Assam closer to Arunachal Pradesh
We are giving stress on development of roads, bridges, rails, air and waterways which are environment- friendly and economical. Communist Party of India (CPI) has termed the three years of Narendra Modi led BJP government as 'three years of disaster'.

Wreckage of IAF's missing Sukhoi-30 found, no word on pilots
Indian Air Force today ordered an inquiry to investigate the crashed Sukhoi jet, whose wreckage was found today near Assam. The IAF station here is strategically-located as it lies surrounded by China, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Phoenix police: Comicon suspect threatened police, performer
The suspect - whose name hasn't been released - was carrying four guns - including a shotgun, knives and ammunition, police said. However, this did not seem to occur on Thursday, with the armed man slipping through into the convention while fully armed.

Rahul Gandhi to visit strife-hit Saharanpur despite being denied permission
He plans to visit Shabbirpur village, the epicentre of clashes between Dalits and Thakurs or Rajputs since last month. On Thursday, the Centre sought a report from the UP government on the continuing violence in Saharanpur.

Philippine minister starts damage control after Duterte's China war remark
In his departure speech Monday, Duterte said the visit underscores his independent foreign policy and desire to forge closer ties. Duterte's trip has one big aim - to secure Russian precision-guided bombs to use on jihadists in the southern Philippines.

More than 100 civilians killed in Iraq bombing in March
The weather prohibited coalition reconnaissance aircraft from monitoring the scene in the two days prior, according to Isler. The displaced civilians took refuge in the basement of the building because it included accommodations like a bathroom.

China, ASEAN agree on framework for S.China Sea code of conduct
China denied earlier this year reports that it was considering building an environmental monitoring station there. The Philippines, he said, should strengthen alliances, particularly with defense treaty partner the United States.