China urges Trump to honour US commitment to Paris Agreement

Indo Asian News Service

Beijing , March 29 (IANS) China on Wednesday urged United States President Donald Trump to honour the Paris Agreement on climate change ratified by his predecessor, Efe reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the East Asian country still believes that "all parties should go with the tide, seize the opportunity, fulfil their pledges and implement the agreement".

He made the remarks at a press conference when asked about a decree signed by Donald Trump on Tuesday, which seeks to create jobs in the US at the cost of doing away with the country's commitments to climate change.

Lu recalled that it had not been easy to arrive at the 2016 Paris Agreement, which Trump has threatened to abandon, and hailed the pact as "a milestone in the global campaign in climate governance."

"All parties including China and the US have made positive contributions," he added.

The spokesperson stressed that irrespective of whether "other countries still commit to the goals or not, China is resolute in the goals."

The Chinese government will continue working with other nations to foster dialogue and step up efforts towards "green" economic development with lower consumption of polluting energy sources such as coal, he added.

Lu refused to comment on whether Chinese President Xi Jinping would discuss this matter in his meeting with Trump, which is expected to be held next week in the US but has not yet been officially confirmed.