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Tang Jiaxuan Holds Talks with UK Deputy Prime Minister Prescott

2007-04-23

On April 23, 2007, Chinese State Councilor & Task Force Chairman Tang Jiaxuan held talks with visiting UK Deputy Prime Minister & Task Force Chairman John Prescott in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

During the talks, Tang emphasized that there is huge potential in Sino-UK cooperation. He said China is ready to work with UK to continue to fulfill the work of Task Forces, build up political trust and advance practical cooperation in key areas, in a bid to push bilateral ties to a new level. Prescott said UK attaches great importance to relations with China and hopes to maintain high-level exchanges and expand all-round cooperation to push forward bilateral ties.

The two sides focused their discussion on climate change. "The Chinese government attaches great importance to the climate change issue, and will be guided by the scientific concept on development and follow new industrialization path to achieve coordinated development between economy and population, resources and environment," said Tang. He said the issue on climate change needs joint efforts from around the world and China is ready to actively participate in international cooperation on climate change in a responsible attitude. He also urged developed nations to transfer technology to developing countries in a more open attitude "in a bid to improve global capability to tackle climate change". Prescott appreciated China's efforts to address climate change. Following the talks the two leaders attended a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding on education and scientific research.

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