Ahead Of Donald Trump Decision, China Says It Will Stick To Paris Climate Deal
BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Thursday it would fit into the Paris climate deal as the expected announcement by US President Donald Trump on the question of whether to keep the United States in the Global Compact fighting climate change.
During his presidential campaign in 2016, Trump has denounced the agreement and it is called global warming a hoax to weaken American industry. A source close to the affair said that Trump was about to leave the agreement.
A withdrawal from the United States could deepen a distancing with the allies. The United States would join Syria and Nicaragua as the only nonparticipants participating in the world in the historic agreement of 195 countries agreed in Paris in 2015.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said the agreement was not easily reached and represented the broad consensus of the international community.
“Climate change is a global challenge. Without a county you can not put yourself out of it,” he told a daily news conference.
Whatever other countries change their positions in China would follow the green concept of sustainable development, strengthen measures to address climate change and conscientiously follow the Paris agreement, said M. Hua.
“Meanwhile, we will continue to be decidedly protective and promoter of the global processes of the climate system, actively participating in the process of multilateral climate change,” Hua said.
“We are willing to work with all parties to protect the entire Paris adjustment process, promoting the rules and regulations of the current agreement in the follow-up of the talks and effectively disseminate, and promote global, low-carbon and sustainable ecological development “.
When asked if China had spoken to the administration of the triumph of the Paris agreement, she said: “China and the United States have close communication on a variety of issues, and of course, this includes the issue of climate change.”
Climate change has been widely seen as one of the few highlights of cooperation between Beijing and the former Obama administration in Washington.
China and the European Union are due to issue a statement at a high-level meeting in Brussels to commit to implementing the climate deal in order to strengthen the pact because Trump seems to give up.
China surpassed the US As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007. But a US withdrawal from the deal would give China more opportunities to shine its image as a world leader.
China has led previous attempts by foreign governments to limit carbon emissions, saying that it should be possible to create the same spatial development and pollution as industrialized countries.
But with its capital often drowned by smog and its people angry against the degradation of the environment that rapid development ran across the country, Beijing has become a staunch supporter of efforts to stop global warming.