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Germany, China vow to deepen partnership amid global uncertainty

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China will "steadfastly" implement the Paris climate pact, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, urging others to do likewise as US President Donald Trump was due to announce whether he will keep Washington in the deal.

In Berlin, Li and Merkel oversaw the signing of a slew of deals including electric vehicle projects between Germany's biggest automobile groups, Volkswagen and Daimler, with Chinese companies.

The EU and China in Brussels are to call on all parties to uphold the Paris agreement because climate change is a "national security issue and multiplying factor of social and political fragility, and constitutes a root cause for instability", according to the draft statement. He also reiterated China's support for the European integration process. "We are living in times of global uncertainty and see that we have a responsibility to expand our partnership in all the different areas and to push for a world order based on law".

Li told reporters in Berlin that Germany and China "are both ready to contribute to stability in the world".

Li used Thursday's meeting with Merkel to reaffirm China's commitment to "steadfastly" implement the Paris climate agreement, even if the USA pulls out.

It commits them to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more green technology and helping raise billions of pounds to help poorer countries cut emissions.

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"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.

However, thorny issues remain between the two exporting nations, with Mrs Merkel insisting that China open up its markets and that German firms operating there should have a level playing field.

Li is expected also to sign a joint statement reaffirming China and EU's commitment to the Paris Agreement.

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

"That is not something we are considering", Canete told Reuters when asked whether the European Union might slap trade or other sanctions on Washington if Trump pulls out of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement championed by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the United States government not to abandon global measures against climate change.

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