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EU and China will continue the fight against climate change even without the U.S.

China and the EU strengthen the ties in the fight against climate change.


The next day after President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, the EU and China are prepared to join forces in the fight against global warming at a summit in Brussels on Friday.

China is represented at the summit by the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, while the EU is represented by top officials from all the 28 member states.

After Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, China and the EU are preparing a joint statement (the first between EU and China by now), in which they commit to reduce the use of fossil fuels, to further support the development of clean technologies, and to raise $100 billion per year by 2020, to help the poor and developing countries cut their harmful emissions.

China is emerging today as Europe’s unexpected partner in areas like free trade and security, and the Brussels talks will also address the global steel overcapacity, and the missile tests in North Korea.

While China requires the help of the EU to fight the high level of pollution in its cities, the EU expects that China will take action by reducing the emissions blamed for increased droughts, rising sea levels, and other disastrous weather conditions generated by global warming.

Premier Li Keqiang and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will address a business conference in Brussels before joining European Council President Donald Tusk at the summit.

The meeting between China and the EU will end with a joint statement that will ratify the commitment to fully implement the Paris Climate Agreement.

Trump is expecting new talks with the EU and China and a new climate accord on different conditions (than the ones signed at the Paris climate agreement by the former president Barack Obama in 2015).

Trump’s decision to withdraw the country from the Paris accord is only strengthening the ties between the EU and China, which now will work together to ensure a free trade between them, measures required to reduce a global steel glut, and a joint fight against climate change.

Danny Ovy

Danny Ovy

I am a writer and reporter for the clean energy sector, I cover climate change issues, new clean technologies, sustainability and green cars.

Danny Ovy
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