Germany and China vow to deepen ties amid Trump concerns

Speaking at a business event with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Merkel said China and Germany saw the opportunities that globalization and digitalization presented and wanted to work together to bring about "global progress together".

In the face of global uncertainties, anti-globalisation sentiment and rising protectionism in the world, China and Germany should continue to promote trade liberalisation and investment facilitation and safeguard the regulations of the World Trade Organisation, Mr Li said during talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Asked about the Trump administration's possible move to exit from the Paris climate agreement, Li said China would uphold its commitments.

And, despite reports Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Mr Li insisted there was a "global consensus" on the issue.

"There is a binding global goal and we have to see if the efforts the different parties are doing reach the goals".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would continue to press the U.S.to reduce risky emissions even if Trump pulls out.

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Russian Federation joined the chorus, saying that the deal will be less effective without its key participants. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".

"The Americans can't just exit this climate protection treaty", EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who is to be among the officials meeting Li, said in a speech in Berlin on Wednesday.

In a joint statement, China and the European Union will commit to full implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, said officials.

Li said he believed the two had found a solution on the issue of Chinese quotas for electric cars after a lengthy discussion.

Ms Merkel also tackled civil rights, saying she and Mr Li had resolved the issue of German political foundations working in China which she said were crucial for a stronger civil society.

China and the European Union will seek on Friday to save the worldwide pact against climate change by deepening their ties within climate and energy policies.

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