Meeting Between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China
April 13, 2010
- On April 13, Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China, who is currently visiting Japan. The meeting started at 2:10 pm and lasted for about 30 minutes.
- In his opening remarks, Minister Okada stated that there were many areas in which Japan and China should cooperate with respect to climate change, and that he hoped to have a frank exchange of opinions based on relations of trust. In response, Vice Chairman Xie expressed that, considering there were not very many ministers of foreign affairs who had a solid understanding of climate change issues, he hoped to have as frank of an exchange as time would permit with Minister Okada.
- Minister Okada stated that at COP16, the adoption of a comprehensive legal document that establishes a fair and effective international framework in which all the major economies participate should be sought after. He also said that Japan’s midterm goal, is premised on the responsible participation of major emitting nations, and that a simple continuation of the framework of the Kyoto Protocol is totally unacceptable. Minister Okada went on to say that he expected an even higher goal in China; that Japan was also pursuing a goal of 25%; that he would like China and India, which were in the middle of their growth stages, to assume their responsibilities in their respective situations; that vulnerable countries and poor countries should be considered; and that they should not fall into North-South conflicts.
- Vice Chairman Xie appreciated the common perception which had been formed among parties by the Copenhagen Accord on major issues, namely long-term goals, financial support, and ensuring transparency. He also expressed his high evaluation regarding the common perception which had also been formed at COP15 to continue the work of the two UN Ad-hoc Working Group towards COP16. Vice Chairman Xie further stated that negotiations held in the course of this year should proceed in a manner that ensures openness, transparency, and broad participation; that the specific contents of the Copenhagen Accord should be reflected into the AWGs chairs’ texts; and that China was expending simultaneous efforts to deal with climate change and promote economic growth under the principle of the “common but differentiated responsibilities.”
- Both Minister Okada and Vice Chairman Xie agreed on the necessity of continuing Japan-China cooperation in the field of climate change in an even closer manner.
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