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Calendar in Oct. 2015

On Oct. 9, Vice Minister Li Ganjie met in Beijing with Mr. Tae-ho Lee, the economic and foreign affairs mediation officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea. The two sides exchanged views on cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and other issues.

Between Oct. 9 and 10, the 2015 annual appraisal meeting for the national environmental science and technology award was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing spoke at the meeting.

Between Oct. 10 and 11, Vice Minister Li Ganjie headed a team which rushed to Weichang County and Longhua County of Chengde Municipality, Hebei Province, in North China for investigations on fixed-point poverty alleviation, and held a working meeting on this topic.

On Oct. 12, Minister Chen Jining met with Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, in Beijing, and the two exchanged views on issues of common concern in the field of environmental protection.

On Oct. 13, the wrap-up meeting and international workshop on China-EU environment governance program was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Li Ganjie addressed the event.

On the same day, Vice Minister Zhai Qing spoke in Singapore at the 12th session of the China-Singapore Joint Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, and the eighth session of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Administrative Committee. On the sidelines of the meetings, Zhai met with Choi Shing Kwok, Permanent Secretary of Singaporean Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, and they exchanged views on issues of common concern.

On Oct. 14, the central team of the Leading Party Group organized the third thematic study session under the “three stricts and three honests” thematic education campaign. Secretary of the Leading Party Group and Minister Chen Jining spoke at the session. Deputy Secretary of the Leading Party Group and Vice Minister Pan Yue made a statement on “wield power strictly and start up businesses honestly”. Leader of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Team Zhou Ying, a leading Party member and Director General of the Department of Human Resources and Institutional Arrangement He Jie, Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua, and Chief Engineer Wan Bentai also spoke at the session. Leading officials of the internal departments and Beijing-based regional offices and affiliated institutions attended the study session.

On Oct. 15, the second Workshop on Environmental Protection of Industrial Enterprises, which was co-organized by MEP and Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Pan Yue delivered the opening remarks.

On the same day, Vice Minister Pan Yue met in Beijing with Ms. Anissa Wong Sean-yee, Permanent Secretary for the Environment/Director of Environmental Protection of HKSAR. The two sides exchanged views on issues of common concern in the environment field.

Between Oct. 15 and 16, Minister Chen Jining went on an inspection tour to Zibo Municipality, Binzhou Municipality, and Jinan Municipality of Shandong Province in East China to inspect the local efforts in integrated watershed pollution management, community-level environmental regulation capacity building, straightening-out of incompliant projects, and reform of environmental monitoring schemes and mechanisms. In this tour, Chen met with Secretary of CPC Shandong provincial committee Jiang Yikang and Governor Guo Shuqing.

On Oct. 19, Secretary of the Leading Party Group and Minister Chen Jining chaired an enlarged meeting of the central team of the Leading Party Group, in an effort to learn Some Regulations on Urging Leading Officials to be Prepared for Both Promotion and Demotion (on trial) and the guidelines of relevant meetings. Leader of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Team Zhou Ying, Vice Minister Zhai Ying, and a leading Party member and Director General of Department of Human Resources and Institutional Arrangement He Jie attended the meeting. Leading officials of the internal departments and Beijing-based regional offices and affiliated institutions also participated.

On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Regulations on Environmental Management of Solid Wastes Used as Raw Materials and Restricted in Import, which shall take effect as of the date of promulgation.

On Oct. 20, MEP launched a general debate in Beijing on the innovation in priority tasks of local environmental protection departments in eco-environmental protection. Minister Chen Jining voiced his opinions in the debate, which was moderated by Vice Minister Pan Yue. Leader of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Team Zhou Ying, Vice Ministers Li Ganjie and Zhai Ying, and Chief Engineer Wan Bentai attended the debate. Delegates from the EPDs (EPBs) of Beijing, Hebei and other provinces as well as the environmental protection departments of cities and counties concerned voiced their opinions. Leading officials with the internal departments, regional offices, and affiliated institutions of the Ministry observed the event.

Between Oct. 20 and 22, the 10th Meeting of Sino-Russian Sub-Committee on Environmental Protection of the Committee of Regular Prime Ministers’ Meeting between China and Russia (hereinafter referred to as the "Sub-Committee") was held in Beijing. Chen Jining, the Chinese Co-chair of the Sub-Committee and MEP Minister, and his counterpart, the Russian Co-chair and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russian Federation Sergey Donskoy led respective delegations to the meeting. Chen and Donskoy had bilateral talks and signed meeting minutes.

On Oct. 21, Minister Chen Jining met with Mr. Paulson, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Chairman of Paulson Institute, in Beijing. The two sides exchanged views on cooperation in the environment field.

Between Oct. 21 and 23, the eighth Senior Official Meeting on Nuclear Safety Regulation among China, Japan, and South Korea & International Forum on Nuclear Safety Cooperation in Northeast Asia were held in Seoul, South Korea. Chief Engineer Liu Hua headed a delegation to the events and delivered remarks. On the sidelines of the meeting, Liu had bilateral talks with Kim Yong Hwan, Vice Chairman of South Korean Nuclear Safety and Security Commission.

On Oct. 22, MEP adopted Water Quality-Determination of Atrazine by Gas Chromatography (HJ 754—2015) and other 10 standards as national environmental protection standards, which shall take effect as of December 1, 2015.

On Oct. 23, MEP held a workshop in Beijing on the national environmental policies and legislations in 2015. Vice Minister Pan Yue delivered remarks at the workshop.

On Oct. 24, MEP and Ministry of Finance held in Nanjing Municipality, capital of Jiangsu Province the national on-the-spot meeting on integrated rural environment management. Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining and Vice Minister of Finance Liu Kun delivered remarks at the meeting which was chaired by MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie. Deputy Governor of Jiangsu Province Xu Jinrong attended the event. On the sidelines of the meeting, Chen met with Governor of Jiangsu Province Li Xueyong and went on an inspection tour in Nanjing.

On Oct. 26, Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met with Mr. Brown, Governor of California, in the State of California. The two sides had in-depth exchanges on expanding and deepening practical environmental cooperation between the two countries, and signed the Agreement between Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China and State of California of the United States on Strengthening Cooperation on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution.

On Oct. 27, Minister Chen Jining met with Pablo Isla, President and CEO of Spanish INDITEX Group, in Beijing. The two sides exchanged views on cooperation in the environment field.

On the same day, MEP held a meeting on the inception of the strategic environment assessment projects in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Yangtze River delta, and Pearl River delta & the establishment of Environmental Impact Assessment Expert Consultation Team under MEP. Vice Minister Pan Yue spoke at the meeting.

On Oct. 28, Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua met in Beijing with Cem Özdemir, Chairman of German Green Party and a member of the Federal Parliament. The two sides exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.

On Oct. 29, Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended a ceremony in Havana, capital of Cuba, to hand over the automatic air quality monitoring devices donated by MEP to Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.

On the same day, MEP, National Energy Administration, and State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) organized in Beijing a videoconference to wrap up the thematic campaign on dissemination, practice, and promotion of nuclear safety culture. Vice Minister Li Ganjie delivered remarks at the conference that was chaired by Liu Hua, the Ministry’s Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety.

On the same day, the 14th ASEAN Plus Three Environment Ministers' Meeting was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Chief Engineer Wan Bentai headed a delegation to the meeting and delivered remarks.

On Oct. 30, Secretary of the Leading Party Group and Minister Chen Jining chaired the meeting of the Group and an enlarged meeting of the Group separately to convey the guidelines of the fifth plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee. Vice Secretary of the Group and Vice Minister Pan Yue, Vice Ministers Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting. Leading officials of the internal departments, regional offices, and affiliated institutions of the Ministry attended the meetings.

On the same day, Minister Chen Jining chaired the ministerial executive meeting which deliberated and adopted in principle the opinions on review of the EIS of the Baihetan Hydropower Station in Jinsha River. Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Li Ganjie, and Zhai Qing, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting. Leading officials of the internal departments of the Ministry observed the meeting.

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