On Jul. 11, Minister Li Ganjie meets with a delegation headed by Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. The two sides have talks on deepening bilateral cooperation on environmental protection.
Minister Li Ganjie met with Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, in Beijing today. The two sides exchanged views on greater mutual support in the environmental protection sector and closer and friendly bilateral cooperation under the framework of ASEAN.
Li began by greeting the delegation headed by Junaidi, on behalf of his ministry. Then he said China highly values the environmental cooperation with ASEAN member states and has established China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Center. China and ASEAN renewed the ASEAN-China Strategy on Environmental Cooperation (2016-2020) and initiated the ASEAN-China partnership on eco-friendly cities in 2016. Malaysia as a major ASEAN member state is a friendly neighbor and a trustworthy partner to China. Both being developing countries, China and Malaysia share a lot of ideas and appeals in the environment sector, and the bilateral environmental cooperation contributes to the sustainable development of the two countries and the region as a whole.
Li noted that the Chinese Government attaches great importance to environmental protection and international cooperation in this arena. China has, on the one hand, learned and introduced the state-of-art concepts, experience, and cutting-edge technologies and equipment, in order to promote the improvement of the environmental quality; on the other hand, shared its own technologies and experience with other countries, and played its role in the regional and global environmental cooperation. China stands ready to work with Malaysian side and strengthen the bilateral cooperation as well as the environmental cooperation under ASEAN-China framework, and together advance the regional sustainable development.
In response, Junaidi said the economic and trade ties between China and Malaysia have developed rapidly and the bilateral relations have been brought closer over the past few years. Malaysia appreciated China’s achievements the opening up and reform, the positive progress made in environmental protection, energy conservation and pollution reduction, as well as the endeavors and the effects in promoting ASEAN-China environmental cooperation.
The two sides agreed to facilitate the negotiations on and the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two ministries on environmental cooperation and strengthen the cooperation in areas of environmental policies, laws, and regulations, awareness raising activities, and waste management.
The two sides also exchanged views on energy restructuring, enhanced environmental protection, energy conservation and pollution reduction, mitigation and adaptation of climate change, and other areas of common concern.
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