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China, EU hold the first high-level dialogue on environment and climate
2021-02-02 06:36

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on  Monday held the first High-level Environment and Climate Dialogue between China  and the EU with Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans  Timmermans via video link.

Han, also a member of the  Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China  Central Committee, said China has vowed to peak its carbon dioxide emissions by  2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, which is a major announcement on its  own climate and environmental policies.

He said that in order to achieve  these goals as scheduled, China needs to make extremely arduous efforts to  promote energy conservation, emission reduction and low-carbon development.

The two sides should implement  the consensus reached by both leaders, give full play to the leading role of the  high-level dialogue, deepen China-EU environmental and climate pragmatic  cooperation, and make green cooperation a new highlight and engine of China-EU  comprehensive strategic partnership, said Han.

The two sides should uphold  multilateralism, safeguard the international system with the United Nations at  the core, abide by the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities,  and promote the construction of a fair, reasonable, and win-win global  environmental governance system, said the vice premier.

Noting that this year China will  host the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on  Biological Diversity (COP15) in Kunming, Han said that China hoped to work  together with the EU side to push the conference to achieve positive results,  launch a new process of global biodiversity governance and promote the building  of a shared future for all life on Earth.

Timmermans, for his part, highly  appreciated China's positive position on climate change and other issues. He  expressed a willingness to expand and deepen EU-China dialogue and cooperation  in the field of environment and climate and give full play to the role of  multilateral mechanisms.

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