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Zhang Gaoli Meets with President Barack Obama of the US and Other Foreign Leaders Attending UN Climate Summit
2014/09/25

On September 22 and 23, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met respectively in New York with foreign leaders attending the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit including President Barack Obama of the US, President François Hollande of France, President Juan Evo Morales Ayma of Bolivia, President Ollanta Humala of Peru, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, as well as Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

Zhang Gaoli conveyed the kind greetings of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to leaders of the above countries respectively, and the leaders asked Zhang Gaoli to convey their best wishes to the Chinese leaders.

When meeting with Obama, Zhang Gaoli said that President Xi Jinping welcomes President Obama to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Informal Leaders’ Meeting in Beijing in November and visit China. The two heads of state have reached important consensus on building the new model of major country relationship between China and the US, and both sides should actively implement the consensus to promote a continuous and stable development of the China-US relations.

Zhang Gaoli pointed out that China is the biggest developing country and the US is the biggest developed country. Although the two countries differ in historical responsibilities, development stages, national conditions and capacities, they both shoulder important responsibilities of protecting global climate and environment, and should jointly promote the multilateral process in addressing climate change. China is willing to continue joining efforts with the US to build the addressing of climate change into a key highlight in building the new model of major country relationship between China and the US. Both sides should continue to make earnest efforts to promote practical fruits in cooperation in seven priority fields such as emission reduction of trucks and other vehicles, smart power grids, carbon capture, use and storage, data collection and management of greenhouse gases, energy efficiency in buildings and industry, industrial boilers and forestry. Meanwhile, both sides should expand cooperation in fields such as shale gas, nuclear power, renewable energy, and low carbon and environmental protection technology. Both sides should stick to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, strengthen communication and coordination through the existing platforms between the two countries, and respect the multilateral mechanisms so as to jointly make contributions to addressing climate change.

Obama said that he is looking forward to attending the APEC Informal Leaders’ Meeting and visiting China in November. The US-China relations are the most important bilateral relations in this century. As two largest economies and emitters in the world, the US and China shoulder special responsibilities in the global response to climate change. The US pays high attention to strengthening cooperation with China in addressing climate change and hopes to continue to achieve progress in various respects.

The two sides also had an in-depth exchange of views on international hotspot issues such as addressing the Ebola epidemic.

When meeting with Hollande, Zhang Gaoli said that China supports France in holding the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and will join hands with all parties to push the Paris Conference to reach an agreement as scheduled in accordance with the principles of openness and transparency, wide participation, consensus through consultations, and contracting parties as the driving force.

When meeting with Morales, Zhang Gaoli said that China will continue to support Bolivia in its work as the chairmanship of the Group of 77, further promote South-South cooperation in addressing climate change, and increase the representation and voice of the developing countries in the multilateral process of addressing climate change.

When meeting with Humala, Zhang Gaoli said that China will maintain close coordination and cooperation with Peru, supports Peru in holding the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima this November, and hopes the Conference achieve positive results.

When meeting with Barroso, Máxima and Rutte, Zhang Gaoli said that China is willing to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the EU and its member states in the field of climate and to build the cooperation in climate change into a new highlight in the stable advancement of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

Hollande and others appreciated China’s active measures and remarkable fruits in addressing climate change, and expressed their willingness to strengthen communication and coordination with China to jointly promote international cooperation in addressing climate change.

Zhang Gaoli also had in-depth exchanges of views with the aforementioned leaders on the development of bilateral relations. All parties expressed their willingness to work with China to enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and promote a continuous and in-depth development of the bilateral relations.

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