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Wang Yang: Work Together to Open up a Bright and New Future for the Arctic

2017/03/29

On March 29, 2017, when attending the opening ceremony of the 4th International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia, Vice Premier Wang Yang proposed the following initiatives regarding the participation in Arctic affairs. We should enhance ecological environmental protection in the Arctic and give priority to its ecological system. China will actively participate in Arctic environmental governance and promote environmental cooperation. We should continuously deepen scientific exploration towards the Arctic, and lay a solid foundation for protecting and making use of the area. China will expand investment, support the construction of advanced scientific investigation platforms, improve the level of scientific research in the Arctic, and legally and reasonably develop and use Arctic resources. China encourages enterprises to participate in the construction of Arctic channel, enhance cooperation in clean energy with Arctic countries. We should improve Arctic governance system and mechanism. The Chinese side is ready to work with countries in and outside the Arctic region to establish sound working mechanism, strengthen policy dialogues and actively support the work of the Arctic Council. We need to jointly safeguard the peace and stability in Arctic. China advocates peaceful use of the Arctic, resolve differences according to international law, and properly deal with challenges including navigation security and environmental disaster in the Arctic through international cooperation. The Chinese side stands ready to work with all countries to deepen exchanges and expand cooperation, so as to jointly open up a bright and new future for the Arctic.

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