The EU and China announced they would increase cooperation on climate change in Brussels on Friday. The announcement comes the day after Donald trump decided to take the United States out of the Paris agreement.
“We will increase our cooperation on climate change with China from today”, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced during an annual Brussels/China summit. “Today, China and Europe showed their solidarity with future generations and their responsibility towards the entire planet”, he said.
Mr Tusk says the American decision is a “huge mistake, bigger than not rectifying the Kyoto Protocol”. The Protocol was adopted in 1997, and set obligatory objectives by country, contrary to the Paris agreement. The treaty was signed by the Democrat vice-president Al Gore, but the American Senate didn’t approve it.
Donald Tusk said Trans-Atlantic relations were “more durable than the latest decision”.