The Independent Online China's Premier Li Keqiang speaking during a news conference after the closing ceremony of China's National People's Congress (NPC) REUTERS/Jason Lee
There is an "international responsibility" to fight climate change, China's Premier Li Keqiang has said in a clear message to Donald Trump ahead of his expected announcement that the US will withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement.
Despite widespread reports of the US's imminent departure, Mr Li insisted there was a "global consensus" on the issue.
In contrast, Theresa May was decidedly low-key about the prospect of the US quitting the accord, saying it was "up to the President of the United States" and refusing to agree it would be a "blow" to the supposed special relationship between the US and UK.
Mr Li did not mention the US or Donald Trump, but his comments were obviously addressed to Washington.
He said China had "in recent years has stayed true to its commitment" to address the issue – a hint that the US would pay a diplomatic price for signing up to an international agreement, then abandoning it.
Beijing had also been "actively promoting the Paris Agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement", Mr Li added.
He appeared to reference a past claim by Mr Trump that climate change was a "hoax" perpetrated by China.