BERLIN — As President Trump contemplates withdrawing from a landmark agreement on global warming, Premier Li Keqiang of China said on Thursday that his country remained committed to the fight against climate change and to participating in global efforts for a greener world.
“China will continue to uphold its commitments to the Paris climate agreement,” Mr. Li said. “Step by step, and very arduously, together with other countries, we will work toward the goals set in the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.”
He added that China was one of the first countries to submit its goals for reducing emissions that contribute to the warming of the world’s atmosphere to the United Nations, in keeping with the premises of the international deal.
Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he would announce his decision on whether to pull out of the Paris Agreement, which calls on just about every country to take measures to address climate change, at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
“China actively participated in this process in the past years and joined or signed every agreement concerning this,” Mr. Li said in Berlin, where he was meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“We say in China, ‘Our words count, and our actions must be successful,’ and China will uphold its responsibility” to protect the climate, Mr. Li said, adding that Beijing was closely following “international developments” on this issue. He did not directly mention Mr. Trump or reports of the discussions in Washington.
After Berlin, Mr. Li will head to Brussels for a summit meeting with European Union leaders, where they are expected to announce a range of measures deepening joint cooperation on climate protection.
“The E.U. and China recognize the importance of developing global free trade and investment, and promoting the multilateral rule-based system to allow the full development of the low greenhouse gas emission economy with all its benefits,” reads the text of a joint statement on climate change and clean energy that the Europeans and Chinese are expected to announce on Friday.
In a message apparently aimed directly at Mr. Trump, the Europeans and Chinese also were expected to “call on all parties to uphold the Paris Agreement” and “to strengthen efforts over time, in accordance with the purpose and provisions of the agreement,” according to the statement, which was seen Wednesday night by The New York Times.
Climate change, the Chinese and the Europeans were expected to warn, has “detrimental impacts on water, food and national security,” and those factors “have become a multiplying factor of social and political fragility, and constitute a root cause for instability, including the displacement of people.”