A meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top EU officials will end with a joint statement, backed by all 28 EU states, committing the European Union and China to full implementation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. And, you know, Friday, for example, the European Union and China, they just concluded a bilateral, the leaders of their countries, in Brussels.
The leaders' news conference was delayed for three hours as they sought to find agreement.
Li is expected to discuss China-EU cooperation, as well as worldwide and regional issues of common concern with European leaders, attend a series of activities in Brussels, including a China-EU business summit, a China-EU dialogue on innovation cooperation, a signing ceremony of cooperation documents between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and activities marking the China-EU year of tourism.
According to one person present at the summit, China's insistence on a reference that the European Union will eventually recognise China as an economy driven by the market, not the state, blocked the final 60-point statement.
Juncker referred to a World Bank report placing China 78th of 190 countries in terms of the ease of doing business.
"If you simply add up the commitments under the Paris deal until 2025, it's about a trillion dollars a year of investment that is open for bidding", said Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the World Resources Institute.
China's number two official was received with military honors at Chancellor Angela Merkel's office, becoming the second leader of a rising Asian giant to visit in as many days after India's Narendra Modi.
Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tried on Friday to defend President Donald Trump'swithdrawal from the Paris climate agreement by selectively quoting from "the environmental left", which at times criticized the deal for not going far enough. "Our ranking is getting better", he said.
Without mentioning the U.S. specifically, Mr Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", and pointed out that it was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.
"The agreement is fit for objective".
For her part, Merkel said Germany attaches great attention to the EU-China investment treaty, adding that the signing of the treaty will be a good start of negotiations on an EU-China free trade agreement.
"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created", Obama said in the statement.
"The irony here is that people anxious that Trump would come in and make the world safe for Russian meddling", said Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, who was briefly considered, then rejected, for a top post in the new administration.
European Council president Donald Tusk tweeted: "Please don't change the (political) climate for the worse".
China overtook the United States as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in 2007.
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