Germany and China vow to deepen ties amid Trump concerns

As the world awaits Mr Trump's decision on climate change after he denounced the Paris pact in his 2016 presidential campaign, Mr Li said China was committed to tackling the issue, both via the Paris Agreement and by setting national targets.

Merkel said she wanted quick progress on an EU-China investment deal and that this would be a precondition to any free trade talks, a move Li said would be timely.

"Please don't change the (political) climate for the worse", European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted.

"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", she added.

"Both countries are ready to make their contribution to peace and stability in the world, in their respective regions, on various important issues", he said.

"In sum, China will honor its commitments in the framework of the Paris climate protection agreement", he said. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Thursday that climate change is a "global challenge" no country can ignore. A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it.

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In the same news conference, McMaster also refused to say whether or not the Western Wall is part of Israel. In announcing peace between Israel and the Palestinians as a key priority for his administration, Mr.

Mrs Merkel vented her frustration with Mr Trump on Sunday after what she described as unsatisfactory talks at the meeting of G7 leaders, saying Germany - and Europe - could no longer completely rely on traditional allies.

Merkel reportedly gave Li her backing for a free-trade deal between the European Union and China, but pointed out that an investment deal would be a precondition to any future trade talks.

Producing 30% of global carbon emissions, China is ideally placed-and perhaps even obligated-to lead on climate policy.

EU officials say they will bring up the South China Sea in the talks on Friday, but they will be wary to avoid a repeat of last year's tense EU-China summit in Beijing, which failed to agree a joint statement because of the maritime issue.

The chancellor also warned that some sticking points between the two export giants remain, such as limited access to Chinese markets and alleged discrimination against those German firms that do operate in China.

"We will step up our measures against the global climate change and will also continue to participate in the multilateral process concerning climate change".

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