China will "steadfastly" implement the Paris climate pact, premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, urging others to do likewise as USA president Donald Trump was due to announce whether he will keep Washington in the deal.
She added: "But from that grows a special responsibility for both countries - for Germany and China - in all global issues - for example for climate protection, for the prevention of violent conflicts or in worldwide trade policy".
"China has become a more important and strategic partner", Merkel said at a joint news conference with Li, pointing to political, economic, social and cultural ties.
Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out in favour of the climate accord.
"President (Vladimir) Putin signed this convention in Paris". Mr Johnson told Sky News that Britain still wants the U.S. to take the lead in fighting climate change and called on individual USA states to keep making progress on that front.
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.
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The official is involved in preparing the meeting between top European Union officials and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang but can not speak on the record because their meeting statement was not finalized.
Without mentioning the USA specifically, Mr Li said that "China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", and pointed out that it was one of the first countries to ratify the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Scientists say the planet is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner if the United States retreats from its pledge, because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.
But European officials insisted that the deal would remain on track. She also said it was important for non-government organizations to work in China to strengthen civil rights.
China has been investing billions in clean energy infrastructure, as its leaders seek to clear up the notorious choking pollution enveloping its biggest cities, including Beijing.