Liu Yandong, Yang Jiechi, and Secretary of State John Kerry of US Jointly Attend China-US Event Combating Wildlife Trafficking

On July 9, 2014, Vice Premier Liu Yandong, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State John Kerry of the US jointly attended the China-US Event Combating Wildlife Trafficking at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

Liu Yandong expressed in her speech that the Chinese government has always attached great importance to wildlife conservation and has established complete system of law and statute and protection administration system. Nearly 1 million volunteers have devoted themselves to this cause. After the third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), we have accelerated the structural reform and institutional construction of ecological civilization so as to achieve the goal of building a beautiful China. We have also improved the mechanism of ecological and environmental protection, and promoted to form a new pattern of modernization construction which enjoys harmonious development between human and nature. China has taken an active role in international cooperation and it joined in many international conventions and organizations, signed inter-governmental cooperative agreements with many countries and also joined hands with over 20 counties to fight against the criminal activities and the illegal trafficking of wildlife.

Yang Jiechi pointed out in his speech that China and the US's joint efforts to protect wildlife is the specific embodiment of the implementation of the consensus reached by the two heads of state and the promotion of building the new model of major country relationship between China and the US. During this Strategic Dialogue, the concerning departments of both countries have conducted a fruitful consultation on intensifying efforts to combat illegal wildlife transaction. China is willing to strengthen the coordination and cooperation with the US and to work with the international community so as to make new contributions to realizing the optimum of global ecosystem and the sustainable development of human society and economy.

John Kerry said in the speech that illegal wildlife transaction is a global issue, the solution of which requires joint efforts of all countries. The positive cooperation between the US and China and their cooperation with other countries will effectively promote the development of this cause.

This joint event was held during the sixth round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the fifth round of China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange.


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