Beijing, 5 July 2023 (TDI): China and European Union (EU) held the fourth High-level Environment and Climate Dialogue in Beijing on July 3, 2023. Both sides agreed to deepen cooperation and play an important role in climate and global environmental governance.

Chinese Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang and European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans conducted the dialogue.

Ding said that both sides should follow through on the important agreements made by their respective leaders, enhance cooperation between China and the European Union on environment and climate issues to attain significant outcomes and contribute more towards global sustainable development.

Chinese Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang, also a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans hold the fourth High-level Environment and Climate Dialogue between China and the European Union

He then pointed out that China values ecological and environmental protection and addressing climate change. It steadfastly advances green and low-carbon development and has taken significant actions to meet its carbon peak and carbon neutrality targets as planned.

According to one of his statements, he reiterated, “China is ready to work with the EU to make better use of the dialogue on environment and climate, further build consensus, enhance mutual trust, enrich and expand cooperation, and open up more space for the development of China-EU relations.”

Therefore, he encouraged both sides to explore opportunities for cooperation in renewable energy, green and low-carbon technologies, carbon markets, climate change response, and ecological and environmental protection.

Above all, Ding urged both sides should collaborate to promote the global effort on environment and climate, practice true multilateralism, support the success of the 28th session of the UN Climate Change Conference, implement COP15 outcomes, and work together to create a harmonious global community.

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Finally, Timmermans, on his part, said that the EU and China have been pivotal in the global fight against climate change, and the EU is eager to enhance cooperation with China in tackling climate change, circular economy, biodiversity protection, and more.