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Paris Climate Deal: EU, China Rebuff Trump

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Chinese and EU leaders are to agree a
joint statement on the Paris climate agreement saying it is “an
imperative more important than ever”.

A draft of the document, seen by the BBC, stresses the “highest political commitment” to implement the deal.
It
will be widely seen as a rebuff to the US, as President Donald Trump prepares
to announce on Thursday if the US is withdrawing from the accord. 
The joint statement will be published on Friday after a summit in Brussels. 
For
more than a year, Chinese and EU officials have been working behind the
scenes to agree a joint statement on climate change and clean energy.
The
document highlights the dangers posed by rising temperatures, “as a
national security issue and multiplying factor of social and political
fragility,” while pointing out that the transition to clean energy
creates jobs and economic growth. 
“The EU and China consider the
Paris agreement as an historic achievement further accelerating the
irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient
development,” the draft document says. 
“The Paris Agreement is
proof that with shared political will and mutual trust, multilateralism
can succeed in building fair and effective solutions to the most
critical global problems of our time.
The EU and China underline their
highest political commitment to the effective implementation of the
Paris Agreement in all its aspects.”

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