In this bizarre world that we now live in, China is being held up by many as the world’s leader in globalism and environmental protection.
With US President Donald Trump reportedly ready to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, China has vowed its utmost support for the international set of measures that many see as an important step in saving our planet from environmental disaster.
During a meeting with senior European Union officials at a summit in Brussels, China’s Premier Li Keqiang said that fighting climate change was an “international responsibility,” stressing his country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, before taking a sly shot at Trump.
“Fighting climate change is a global consensus, it’s not invented by China… and we realize that this is a global consensus agreement and that as a big developing nation we should shoulder our international responsibility,” Li said.
Of course, Li is referencing an infamous tweet that Trump made in 2012, charging that global warming was a hoax that had been created by the Chinese. A notion that Chinese officials have tried to disabuse him of in the past.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Before the conclusion of Li’s visit, China and the European Union plan to issue a joint statement committing to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, something that has never happened before and directly follows Trump’s own rocky summit with EU officials after which Angela Merkel said that Europe can no longer rely on the US.
“No one should be left behind, but the EU and China have decided to move forward,” European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said simply.
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