Germany, China rally behind climate pact

Todd Stern, the chief US negotiator at the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, urges Trump to consider options besides a complete withdrawal including adjusting emissions targets.
Sources tell Reuters that US President Donald Trump will follow through his campaign pledge to pull the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change, a move that should rally his support base at home while deepening rift with US allies.VIDEO: REUTERS

BERLIN • China and Germany have vowed to continue fighting climate change, sending a signal to Washington hours before US President Donald Trump was to announce if he would quit the landmark Paris climate accord.

Berlin was the first stop in Europe for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, as the world awaited Mr Trump's decision. Mr Li said China was committed to tackling the issue, via the Paris Agreement and national targets. "China will stand by its responsibilities on climate change," he said.

Mr Trump was expected to make his announcement at 3am today Singapore time. REUTERS, BLOOMBERG


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