"Whether it be fighting climate change, more important today than yesterday, cyber-attacks and worldwide terrorism, or whether it be promoting sustainable development, trade and global economic growth, China and the European Union are aligned on the need for worldwide solutions", he said in his prepared remarks.
China has emerged as Europe's unlikely partner in areas from free trade to security, and the talks in Brussels will also address North Korea's missile tests and global steel overcapacity. Li is scheduled to attend the 19th China-EU leaders' meeting in Brussels and pay an official visit to Belgium.
While Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, the three European leaders said the agreement cannot be renegotiated, "since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economics".
According to one person present at the summit, China's insistence on a reference that the European Union will eventually recognise China as an economy driven by the market, not the state, blocked the final 60-point statement.
China's annual steel output is nearly double the EU's total production and Western governments say Chinese steel exports have caused a global steel crisis.
France, Germany and Italy have mooted the idea of allowing the EU to block Chinese investment in Europe, partly because European companies are denied similar access in China and because of risks of China acquiring prized European technology.
"China really sees huge economic growth opportunities in taking the lead in global climate change", said Carla Freeman, who directs the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins.
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Without mentioning the USA specifically, he said China has been "actively promoting the Paris agreement and we were one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement".
With the United States charting its exit from the worldwide Paris climate accord, the European Union president said the onus was now on Europe and China to take the lead.
"The agreement is fit for objective".
China and the European Union hold extensive common ground on ideas in dealing with important global relations, the premier said.
"The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created", Obama said in the statement.
"And it makes a statement to the world: there is no reverse gear to the energy transition, there is no backsliding on the Paris agreement", Juncker said. "There is no backsliding on the Paris Agreement", Juncker told the conference before a meeting with Li and European Council chief Donald Tusk.
There is a certain irony in the world's biggest source of greenhouse gases rounding on the United States for turning its back on a climate change accord, especially when China's promises under that accord are not particularly ambitious - while US emissions are already falling.