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China vows continued cooperation with European countries in building green economy


16:39, May 31, 2013

HELSINKI, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Amid the China-EU trade frictions, a high ranking Chinese politician said China will continue to maintain its ties with western countries in an effort to build up a low-carbon economy.

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks during his visit to Finland late on Thursday.

"China cannot develop without the world and China's development benefits the world," he told a prominent audience at the Confederation of Finnish Industries.

He also pledged that China will import eight to ten trillion dollars worth of goods in the next five years.

Admitting that China's per capita GDP is merely one seventh that of Finland, Yu said "we need to work hard before the entire Chinese people could lead a better life."

"There is still a considerable gap between urban and rural development. Energy and resources consumption is high and environmental pollution is serious," he added.

In an effort to reform its extensive economy into a more sustainable one, China will continue to introduce advanced technologies and managerial expertise from other countries, increase import of goods and services, and encourage Chinese companies to go global and carry out investment and cooperation in an orderly manner, said Yu.

Considering Finland as a front-runner in global low-carbon economy, he deemed it important to tap cooperation potential in energy conservation, environmental protection and other new fields with it.

The two nations need to "make good use of such cooperation platforms as the eco-city and the DigiEcoCity, facilitate new cooperation models in energy conservation, emissions reduction, renewable energy and clean energy," he elaborated.

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