German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in China on Saturday called climate protection a global problem and urged the Asian power to take up more responsibility for challenges facing the international community.
Speaking to Chinese students at Huazhong University in the city of Wuhan, Merkel emphasised that climate change is caused by all, and that is why everyone should take care of it.
“Climate protection is everyone’s responsibility,’’ she added.
Given the size and economic power of China, the international community needs an important contribution from it, Merkel asserted.
She questioned whether China remains a developing country, given the pace of its modernisation, and said it will be expected to take on greater international responsibilities in the coming years.
In the face of globalisation, Merkel stressed that joint rules are indispensable.
Multilateral action, not protectionism, for example in trade, was needed.
“After all, protectionism harms us all,’’ the German chancellor said.
Merkel is on her 12th trip to China, which wraps up Saturday.
She is due to fly back to Berlin late in the day.