France regrets Trump's climate decision and "clings" to China[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: 2019/11/5 10:40 • 25 times read[/rtl]
France expressed "regret" on Tuesday after the United States informed the United Nations to formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Although the move was expected, Elysee said in a statement: "We regret the decision," adding that this makes "the Franco-Chinese partnership more than necessary on climate and biodiversity," while President Emmanuel Macron was on an official visit to China.
Elysee said Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will sign a joint climate document during their meeting in Beijing on Wednesday, including a declaration that "there is no return to the Paris climate agreement."
US President Donald Trump has gone ahead with his decision to pull out of the pact, despite mounting evidence of the realities and impacts of climate change, especially since September is the fourth consecutive month of record high temperatures.
With the announcement of the US withdrawal from the agreement, Secretary of State Mike Pompo reiterated Trump's remarks in 2017 that the agreement imposes an "unfair economic burden" on the United States.