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Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State John Kerry of US Jointly Attend the Signing Ceremony of the 2014 China-US EcoPartnerships

On July 10, 2014, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State John Kerry of the US jointly attended the Signing Ceremony of the 2014 China-US EcoPartnerships at the Great Hall of the People.

In his speech, Yang Jiechi said that climate change and environment protection are the challenges both China and the US are facing now and in the future, and they are also the areas where the two countries enjoy promising prospect in forging a new model of major country relationship and conducting practical cooperation. At present, China is making all-out efforts in pressing ahead the construction of ecological civilization and beautiful China, while the US has issued a series of new measures to actively promote emission reduction. Both China and the US are trying to transit to a green and low-carbon economy. As both countries have their own strengths, we can learn from each other and strengthen cooperation. Under the framework of the EcoPartnerships, cooperation partners from both sides have carried out exploratory and forward-looking cooperation in the fields of energy conservation, efficiency improvement, clean energy, eco-environment protection and recycling economy development, and positive results have been achieved. Through the program of EcoPartnerships, we are willing to continue to work with the US to tap potentials, expand the cooperation, and constantly make achievements that are visible and tangible so as to better benefit the two countries and the peoples.

John Kerry said that the US and China play an important role in the field of dealing with global climate change, and the green development requires the joint participation of the governments, the enterprises, the research institutes and other social forces. He hoped that the EcoPartnerships will continue to expand and attract the participation of more cooperation partners of the two countries so as to achieve a win-win situation between US and China and benefit the whole world.

The EcoPartnerships project, launched in December 2008, is an innovation mechanism under the China-US Ten Year Framework on Energy and Environment Cooperation (TYF) and aims to encourage the enhancement of China-US cooperation between the local governments, enterprises and academic institutions in the relevant areas. The signing ceremony was an activity under the framework of the sixth round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Six pairs of cooperation partners of China and the US signed cooperation agreements at the ceremony.

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