On June 10, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of Germany Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Beijing. They exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.
Li first welcomed Jochen Flasbarth for his visit and then briefed him on China’s current environmental work. He noted that the Chinese government pays high attention to environmental issue. Currently, the task on prevention and control of air, water and soil pollution is very heavy. We must race against time for progress on the one hand, and get prepared for a protracted war. China has issued Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution and Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Water Pollution and the development of Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution has come to an end. Smooth operation of these plans not only requires joint effort of all sides, but also active participation of the international community.
Li stated that officials and experts of China and Germany had made thorough exchanges on the concerned fields and achieved positive progress. As a partner of CCICED, the German government not only provided financial support through bilateral channels, but also recommended high-level personage as the Vice Chairman of the Council and famous experts to join in many policy study projects of the Council, making active contributions to the operation of CCICED. China is willing to energetically push for various cooperative projects under the framework of China-Germany environmental partnership built on our current collaboration.
Flasbarth thanked Li for his welcome. He said with deepening environmental cooperation between the two countries, the friendly cooperation of the two sides continue to elevate. He hopes China and Germany will continue pragmatic environmental cooperation and achieve more results.
It was agreed that both sides will deepen cooperation in such fields as air, water and soil pollution control, biodiversity, nuclear safety, renewable energy, 2016 China-Germany Environment Forum and CCICED, promote continued development of bilateral relationship and make contributions to global sustainable development.
Flasbarth was invited to China for the International Meeting on Environment and Development for China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.