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China, UK agree to strengthen cooperation on biodiversity

Chinese ambassador to Britain Zheng Zeguang (right) meets Alok Sharma, president-designate of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), in London on Sept 1, 2021. (PHOTO / CHINESE EMBASSY IN BRITAIN)

LONDON – China and Britain have agreed to strengthen cooperation on biodiversity and work with all parties to achieve positive outcomes at global biodiversity conferences, according to a statement published Thursday by the Chinese embassy in Britain.

The two sides agreed that the COP15 to be hosted by China in October and COP26 to be hosted by Britain in November are "two important events in global ecological conservation and environmental governance," according to a statement

Chinese Ambassador to Britain Zheng Zeguang on Wednesday met with Alok Sharma, president-designate of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), during which they suggested that the two countries "should increase communication, coordination and mutual support and work with all parties to achieve positive outcomes" at COP26 and at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), according to the statement.

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Zheng and Sharma had an in-depth discussion on Sharma's upcoming visit to China, as well as on China-Britain cooperation "in areas including response to climate change and action on biodiversity," according to the statement. 

The two sides agreed that the COP15 to be hosted by China in October and COP26 to be hosted by Britain in November are "two important events in global ecological conservation and environmental governance," according to the statement.

They also agreed that the two countries should encourage their companies to step up practical cooperation at the bilateral level and in third countries in such areas as new energy and green finance.

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