China and the European Union will show unity in fighting global warming at a summit in Brussels on Friday, a day after President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from an worldwide climate pact.
Despite America's efforts to cut coal production and move towards "clean coal" (capturing the coal emissions and storing it instead of letting it out); the United States carbon dioxide emissions (metric tonnes per capita) are double that of China's and are 10 times more than India's.
While China needs EU technical know-how to fight the pollution blighting its cities, the European Union is looking to Beijing to take action against emissions blamed for increased droughts, rising seas and other affects of climate change. "In future, China will continue to work on anti-climate change progress and uphold climate change process globally".
Speaking in Berlin on Thursday, Li underlined strong support for the 2015 Paris climate change accord from China, which overtook the United States as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007.
"China is now emitting 2020 greenhouse gases emission target and will submit 2030 self-determined target".
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In a nationalistic "America First" Rose Garden announcement, Trump said he was withdrawing from a deal that imposes "draconian financial and economic burdens" on the United States, while going to easy on economic rivals China, India and Europe.
Trump said the accord "disadvantages the USA to the exclusive betterment of other countries" and targeted India and China specifically.
"India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions of dollars in foreign aid", he said.
Analysts at German bank Commerzbank said in light of Trump's decision that it now expects the U.S.to expand its oil production "even more sharply".
"It's now necessary to look forward after last night's announcement by the US administration", she said, adding that Europe's biggest economy will continue to meet its obligations under the 2015 Paris accord.