Sino-US Joint Declaration on Climate Change (Full Text)
The Sino-US Joint Declaration on Climate Change was released the Xinhuanet on April 13:
The People’s Republic of China and the United States of America recognize that, compared to the growing climate change hazards and the lack of global response, there is a need for more targeting emergency initiatives. Over the past few years, through bilateral and multilateral channels including in the forum of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate process and economic power, both parties have carried out a constructive discussion. The two sides also believe that a strong scientific consensus on climate change is strongly required to take significant actions on climate change with global impacts.
China and the United States realize in particular that a strong scientific consensus for man-made climate change and its worsening impacts including the significant increase of the global average temperature during the past century, worrying ocean acidification, rapid disappearance of the Arctic sea ice as well as frequent extreme weather events around the world. Both sides recognized that, in view of the latest scientific understanding of the accelerated climate change and the urgent need to strengthen global greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts, strong domestic appropriate actions and large-scale cooperative action taken by China and the United States will be critical than ever. These actions can inspire the world to curb climate change and establish a strong example which is extremely important.
In order to promote the challenge of climate change into higher priority matter, China and the United States agree to establish the Climate Change Working Group before the Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue held in 2013. According to the shared vision of the leaders of the two countries, the Working Group will immediately set to work and confirm the cooperative mode that the two sides work in the field of technology, research, energy efficiency and alternative energy sources and renewable energy. The two sides will accelerate this work through the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue to be held this summer. Working Group will be led by the National Development and Reform Commission, Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of the U.S. climate envoy Stern. Climate Change Working Group is set to prepare for the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue by summing up climate change existing cooperation and the potential opportunities to enhance cooperation through the appropriate ministerial channels, and to identify specific cooperation actions to promote green low-carbon economic growth of the new areas, including the proper use of public and private sector partnerships. Climate Change Working Group should involve the relevant government departments and report the results of the work to the special representative of the heads of two countries in the upcoming China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue meeting.
The two sides are also aware of the significant mutual interests brought about by strengthening the climate change action and cooperation, including strengthened energy security, a cleaner environment, richer natural resources. The two sides reiterate to promote concrete action to address climate change through multilateral negotiations which will become one of the pillars of the bilateral relations enhancing the mutual trust and mutual respect and paving the way for a stronger comprehensive collaboration. The two countries note that the two sides have a common interest in the development and application of new environmental protection and clean energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while promoting economic prosperity and job creation.
Taking into account of the existing joint statement, the existing arrangements and the work being carried out, both sides agree to enhance the scale and impact of cooperation on climate change efforts to solve the growing climate challenge.
Reference Link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2013-04/13/c_115377227.htm
Key points of the China and Russia joint Statement
On March 22, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow and signed the “Joint Statement of the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation on the Win-Win Cooperation and Deepening of the Comprehensive Strategic partnership of cooperation”.
Some of the key points highlighted in the joint statement are as follows:
- The two sides support each other the right to choose the path of development and social and political systems and support each other in the issues related to the core interests of each other such as sovereignty, territorial integrity, security and other issues.
- To achieve a balanced development of the quantity and quality of economic cooperation, to boost the bilateral trade volume to reach 100 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 and $ 200 billion in 2020, as well as to promote the diversification of trade structure
- To promote the use of local currency in bilateral trade, direct investment, credit and other fields
- To actively carry out cooperation in the energy sector of the petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity and new energy to build strong Sino-Russian energy strategic partnership to jointly safeguard the energy security of the region and the world
Xi Jinping’s airport address in Russia
Invited by Russia, Tanzania, Republic of South Africa, Republic of the Congo, the new Chinese President Xi Jinping started his first state visit to the four countries on 22nd March. The delegation’s special plane arrived in Moscow Vnukovo 2 airport at AM 11:45, 22 March. After receiving a warm welcome from the Russian Far East Development Minister Ishayev, Xi Jinping delivered an airport address in which he pointed out that China and Russia are the largest neighbors and major emerging market countries as well as the key forces in maintaining the world peace, security, stability. The development of relationship between China and Russia is in a critical stage, with higher expectations from the people of the two countries regarding the development of Sino-Russian relations and the strengthening of cooperation in various fields. Under the profound and complex changes happening in the world today, China and Russia bear the greater responsibility to contribute to the global peace and development. The Chinese government has considered the development of Sino-Russian relations as a diplomatic direction with priority.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met the domestic and international media
Saturday, March 9 (10:00), a press conference during the second session of the National People’s Congress meeting was held at the Great Hall where the Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met the domestic and also the international media in respect of China’s foreign policy and foreign relations.
[Japan, “Asahi Shimbun” reporter]: “Mr. Minister, what I want to ask is about the Sino-Japanese relations. China and Japan have been confronting each other for six months over the Diaoyu Islands issue, relations between the two countries does not improve recently. Will there be any consultation rules developed in order to avoid the occurrence of the Diaoyu Islands confrontation and emergencies? China and Japan face a lot of difficulties, is there any better solution?”
[Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi]: Since ancient times, the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been part of China’s territory, the root of the problem is caused by the Japanese illegally stealing and occupying the island, thus the current situation solely made by Japan.
[Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi]: the actions of the Japan violate China’s territorial sovereignty, challenge the fruits of victory of World War II and the post-war international order, damage the Sino-Japanese relations, and it also undermines the stability of the region. Chinese government’s standing firm, shows a strong will and determination of the Chinese government and people to safeguard the national sovereignty and territory.