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Premier: Green industry vital to combat climate change

Updated: Nov 3,2015 7:36 PM

China and France should cooperate in promoting green industries to deal with climate change, Premier Li Keqiang said at a forum in Beijing on Nov 3.

Premier Li made the remarks while addressing the China-France Climate and Green Economy Forum, also attended by visiting French President Francois Hollande.

Dealing with climate change shows that not only do the two powers have common responsibility for major problems concerning humanity’s destiny, but also that China-France relations have always been among the best China has with western powers, Premier Li said.

China appreciates the efforts France has made in dealing with climate change, and is willing to collaborate to help the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris achieve an agreement that is comprehensive, balanced and powerful, said the Premier.

China needs to tap into its human resources instead of relying too much on consuming natural resources when developing its economy and it needs to nurture new growth points for its economy, he said.

He encouraged Chinese and French companies to cooperate and tap into the Chinese market, as China’s process of industrialization and urbanization is becoming more environmentally-friendly and energy efficient.

He also encouraged companies from both countries to cooperate in exploring third-party markets and help develop green industries.

Hollande said France and China are willing to work according to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and make active efforts to achieve the success of the climate change conference in Paris.

He also said France hopes the two countries will open a new phase of bilateral cooperation on green development.