CLIMATE DEAL

EU, China Close Ranks against Trump

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The European Union and China plan to reaffirm their commitment to the implementation of the Paris climate deal during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Brussels on Friday, in a bilateral effort to shore up the historic agreement against mounting US opposition.

Mr. Li and EU Council President Donald Tusk will sign an agreement on broad cooperation between China and the EU to implement the Paris deal’s climate goals, Handelsblatt has learned. Specific measures include support for renewables, energy efficiency and the creation of an emissions-trading system in China. Europe can “contribute valuable knowledge” in all these fields, a diplomat with knowledge of the pending agreement told Handelsblatt.

China and Europe want to prevent the Paris deal from unraveling in the event that US President Donald Trump makes good on his campaign promise to withdraw. Beijing and Brussels are concerned that if they do not lend political muscle to the agreement, large developing nations such as India, Brazil and the Gulf states might follow Washington’s lead.

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