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EU, China agree on joint green agendas

July 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM

BEIJING, July 19 (UPI) -- European Union and Chinese governments said they agreed to launch a joint environmental policy dialogue with the aim of ensuring a sustainable future.

The EU and China said Friday they plan to launch a sustainability program to address topics of mutual environmental interest.

"The environment forum would convene every two years, involve stakeholders and business and would bring a new dimension to the partnership," a statement said.

Chinese Environmental Minister Zhou Shengxian met in Beijing with his European counterpart, Janez Potocnik, to discuss environmental policies.

Potocnik described how the EU was working toward a resource efficient economy while the Chinese minister discussed environmental policies in place to curb air and water pollution.

The EU is debating how to capitalize on environmental benchmarks established for 2020. China, for its part, said it was serious about addressing climate issues when delegates convened in Washington last week.

The EU said the first joint environmental forum with China would take place in Brussels next year with "green growth" as its theme.

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