Macron says that climate cooperation between Europe and China is 'decisive'

By Marine Pennetier SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Cooperation between Europe and China to reduce climate warming emissions will be decisive, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday after the Trump administration presented documents to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. The US measure is the first formal step in a one-year process to get out of the global pact to combat climate change, part of President Donald Trump's broader strategy to reduce bureaucracy in American industry. [nL2N27K17X] But it comes at a time when scientists and many world governments are urging rapid action to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. China and France pledged at this year's G20 summit to update their contributions against climate change beyond the current ones to reflect their greatest possible ambition. The 2015 Paris climate agreement encourages countries to make stronger promises if they can do so. Speaking in Shanghai at a major trade fair, just after an opening address by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Macron said the commitments should be improved. If we want to comply with the Paris agreement, we will need next year to improve our commitments to reduce emissions, and we must confirm new commitments by 2030 and 2050, he said. Cooperation between China and the European Union in this regard is decisive, Macron added. Next year, we need, on the improvement agenda, to be collectively up to the task. Speaking to reporters earlier, an official from the French presidential office expressed regret over the US measure and said Macron and Xi will reaffirm their commitment to the Paris agreement. We regret this and this only makes the Franco-Chinese association on climate and biodiversity more necessary, the official said, on condition of anonymity. The text that will be signed tomorrow includes a paragraph on the irreversibility of the Paris agreement. Macron and Xi will hold a formal meeting in Beijing on Wednesday. China aims to raise emissions to around 2030 and increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its total energy mix to 20% by the end of the next decade, compared to 15% in 2020. The United States is the first country to say that it will withdraw from the agreement, but 10 other countries have not ratified it, including Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Speaking in Beijing at a daily press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang expressed regret over the US decision and said that climate change was a common challenge facing all humanity. All members of the international community must join hands to cooperate, each doing their best according to their ability, to deal with him, he said. (Marine Pennetier reports; writing and additional reports of Ben Blanchard in Beijing; edition of Christopher Cushing, Lincoln Feast and Raju Gopalakrishnan) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)

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