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China, ASEAN to further deepen environmental cooperation: official

Environmental cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has become a model for South-South cooperation, Chinese Vice Minister of Environmental Protection Huang Runqiu said on Wednesday.

Attending the 15th ASEAN-China, Japan and South Korea (ASEAN+3) Environment Ministers Meeting, Huang reviewed the latest development on environment cooperation between China and ASEAN, saying that the future cooperation between the two sides will achieve fruitful results.

He also introduced China's achievements in environmental protection, saying that in recent years, the Chinese government regarded ecological civilization as a significant part of good governance.

"The past several years mark the era while China conducted the most strenuous efforts and undertook the most substantial measures in ecological and environmental protection with the fastest progress and best outcomes achieved."

Huang also pointed out that while addressing domestic environmental challenges, China has signed over 30 multilateral conventions and protocols related to environment.

"We are also promoting Green Belt and Road Initiative. All those will provide China's solution and contribution to solving global environmental problems and maintaining global ecological safety."

"In 2016 alone, the Ministry of Environmental Protection has hosted 12 environmental training courses for developing countries, with participation of around 280 environment officials and experts from 43 countries, including 80 from ASEAN countries," he added.

Representatives from ASEAN countries appreciated China's achievements in environmental protection and lauded China for its great efforts and support for promoting ASEAN's environmental cooperation.