China, US, France: team effort on climate

Updated: 2016-04-25 02:23

By HEZI JIANG at the United Nations(China Daily USA)

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China, US, France: team effort on climate

Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (right) shake hands with French President Francois Hollande at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016.

China will work with France and the United States to promote implementation the Paris Agreement as talks between high-level officials were held on the sidelines of the signing ceremony at the United Nations on April 22.

In a meeting with French President Francois Hollande, Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli praised efforts by the French side in hosting the successful Paris Conference, during which the historic deal was finally adopted with no objection on Dec 12.

"China hopes to work together with France to further promote the follow-up negotiations and effective implementation of the deal," said Zhang, also highlighting the close cooperation between the two countries throughout the process.

"The joint statement on climate change issued by President Xi Jinping and Hollande in November in Beijing contributed to the final adoption of the agreement," he said.

Hollande acknowledged China's role in promoting the adoption of the Paris Agreement and said that France is ready to work together with China to take advantage of the G20 Summit, which will be held in Septemberin Hangzhou, capital city of East China's Zhejiang province.

"France is full of confidence in China's economic development and wishes to strengthen cooperation in renewable resources, nuclear power, urban construction and third-party marketing," Hollande said.

Zhang also expressed the hope to deepen cooperation in nuclear power, aviation and sustainable development, and that the two countries could maintain high-level exchanges to discuss China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), Belt and Road initiative, and France's Industry of the Future plan.

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