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Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State John Kerry of US Jointly Attend China-US "Blue Ocean" Public Event

On June 6, 2016, special representative of President Xi Jinping and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and special representative of President Barack Obama of the US and Secretary of State John Kerry, who were attending the 8th round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, jointly attended China-US "Blue Ocean" public event at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

Yang Jiechi expressed in his speech that giving priority to ocean protection as well as development in its long-term national development, the Chinese government practices the notion of sustainable maritime development, strives for the balance between economic and social development and maritime ecological environment protection, places great attention and renders a great deal of efforts in education on public maritime awareness and actively devotes to maritime ecological civilization.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that during President Xi Jinping's visit to the US last September, China and the US included strengthening cooperation in ocean protection in the outcome list for the first time. Both countries have conducted close communication and coordination in ocean protection through relevant UN organizations, regional fishery management organizations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and other multilateral mechanisms, and launched productive cooperation in addressing ocean acidification, sustainable use of resources, green port, ocean climate observation, combating illegal fishing and other aspects, vigorously promoting the cause of ocean protection of both countries and the world.

Yang Jiechi emphasized that China and the US enjoy broad cooperation space in ocean protection. The vast ocean should become a bridge and bond that connects both countries. China is willing to, together with the US, strengthen dialogue in maritime policy, carry out exchanges in areas including construction of maritime ecological civilization, forging blue economy and coastal zone protection, deepen practical cooperation in such fields as marine litter prevention and management, disaster warning and mitigation, fishery resource maintenance, management on hazardous goods transportation and emission reduction on port and ship pollution and provide more public goods for global ocean protection. The two countries should join hands to advance the noble cause of ocean protection so as to safeguard the treasure of ocean and leave behind an azure crystal ocean for the future generations.

John Kerry noted that the close cooperation between the US and China in ocean protection has achieved positive results and demonstrates a strong leadership in global ocean protection. As two of the largest economies and major fishery countries in the world, the US and China should establish maritime cooperation partnership, which will exert great significance to promoting global ocean protection. The partnership is not only conducive to curbing excessive fishing, preventing ocean contamination and protecting maritime ecological environment across the globe, but also beneficial to the joint efforts of the international society in tackling climate change. Ocean protection constitutes an important part of US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. During this round of dialogue, both sides achieved multiple consensus, which will open up a brighter prospect for maritime cooperation between the US and China as well as between the two countries and other countries in the world.

The two special representatives also heard the report delivered by head of State Oceanic Administration Wang Hong on China-US counterpart consultation on ocean protection, and conducted friendly interactions with present representatives from non-governmental organizations and student representatives from both countries.

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