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EU, China to stress commitment to Paris climate deal at summit

The European Union and China are set to meet on Thursday for a two-day summit to underline their commitment to the Paris climate agreement.

The Chinese delegation will be led by Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who will meet with EU Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for an informal dinner in the evening.

The U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the accord, considered the first universal action plan to address global warming and climate change.

The EU and China are also set to discuss trade, investment, security and defence issues at the summit.

Both sides are committed to pursuing closer trade ties on paper, but European companies say they are finding it more difficult to conduct business in China than before.

Some have accused the Chinese government of limiting their access to the market in favour of domestic firms.

The EU is China’s biggest trading partner.

Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla and SpaceX, threatened that he would have “no choice” but to leave Donald Trump’s advisory councils if the U.S. president withdraws Washington from the Paris climate accord.

“Don’t know which way Paris will go, but I’ve done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH and via councils, that we remain,” Musk said on Twitter.

A Twitter user asked Musk what he would do if Trump decided to leave the deal.

“Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case,” Musk said.

Trump said he would announce his decision on the Paris climate agreement later on Thursday, amid reports that he is preparing to quit the deal.

Musk took part in a December meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower in New York, during the president’s transition.

He also has been a part of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of business people called together by the president to advise him on economic policy.

In January, Musk was among technology leaders who voiced concerns about Trump’s first executive order banning citizens of majority-Muslim nations from entering the country.

Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick quit Trump’s business advisory council following the immigration order. (dpa/NAN)

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