Stick to open­ness while de­fend­ing Paris Agree­ment

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS - The au­thor is deputy chief of China Daily Euro­pean Bureau. fu­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he would pull out of the Paris agree­ment on cli­mate change, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron replied that he was on a mis­sion to “make our planet great again”, a play on Trump’s catch­phrase, “Make Amer­ica Great Again”.

Macron has met Trump’s re­jec­tion with a cel­e­bra­tion of the sign­ing of the his­toric agree­ment, which 153 out of 197 par­ties to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change have rat­i­fied.

In spite of Trump’s an­tipa­thy to the con­sen­sus on cli­mate change, which seeks to mit­i­gate green­house gas emis­sions be­tween 2020 and 2030, Macron has adopted a prag­matic ap­proach by en­gag­ing him and try­ing to bring him back on board, af­ter the other lead­ers of the G20 agreed in Ham­burg that the Paris Agree­ment is ir­re­versible. Macron has re­cently planed to or­ga­nize a cli­mate sum­mit to mark the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Paris Agree­ment on Dec 12 in France.

The French pres­i­dent has even been re­warded with pos­i­tive noises from Trump dur­ing his visit to Paris on July 13-14 and the con­ces­sion that “some­thing could be done” on the is­sue.

Macron’s next task should be to en­sure that no fur­ther coun­tries fol­low the US and pull out of the Paris Agree­ment. For ex­am­ple, Canada fol­lowed the US’ lead by aban­don­ing the Ky­oto Pro­to­col.

While cli­mate is high on Macron’s agenda, the French pres­i­dent has also said he wants to al­ter the reg­u­la­tion on trade and in­vest­ment ... Macron must ac­cept the re­al­ity that open­ness has al­ready ben­e­fited his coun­try, the EU and the world ...

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