China, U.S. Deepen Cooperation on Climate Change
    2013-07-11 15:29:08         Web Editor: Mao Yaqing

Climate change has emerged as one of the key topics for discussion at the ongoing China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

CRI's Washinton correspondent Xiaohong has more.


The climate change working group is a new edition to the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Established in April this year, the climate change working group has become one of the highlights of the bilateral the ties between the two sides.

Head of the Chinese team Xie Zhenhua, who is also the vice director of the National Development and Reform Commission, says the working group hs raised five new action initiatives.

Xie says the new initiatives are designed to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

"These five areas are: Reducing emissions from heavy-duty and other vehicles;Increasing carbon capture, utilization, and storage;Increasing energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transport;Promoting smart grids; and last but not least, Improving greenhouse gas data collection and management."

Xie Zhenhua says both sides are keen to address climate change.

Xie notes US President Barack Obama has recently outlined his 'green initiatives.'

At the same time, he notes the Chinese government has also put together a policy of "green, low carbon, and circular development.

"Both countries are acting actively in transforming their growth models. Under the context of sustainable development, both countries are taking active measures in addressing climate change and in improving the environment. I think the measures we have taken are working towards each other for the same objective and have created a very good political foundation for our cooperation in climate change. Meanwhile, both China and the United States are adjusting their industrial and energy structures, thus creating a huge potential of cooperation. And the market prospect is also very huge."

Xie Zhenhua notes climate change is a global issue that requires global input.

He says both China and the United States are working together toward the creation of a new multilateral agreement.

"We both agreed to continue to make joint efforts to push forward the multilateral negotiations. Hopefully we can reach a new agreement on climate change by 2015. We hope all signatory countries will honor their commitments to the agreements reached at last year's Doha round of negotiations and previous negotiations. That's the foundation of political mutual trust. In negotiating for a new agreement on climate change, the principles of common but differentiated responsibility must be adhered. And we shall also take into consideration the different development stage, level and capacity of different countries so that we can reach an agreement that is reasonable and can be accepted by all."

The China-U.S. Climate Change Working Group is expected to develop its implementation plans for its five action initiatives by October.

For CRI, I'm Xiaohong.


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