Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan on Sunday urged China, Japan and the
Republic of Korea (ROK) to improve cooperation on environmental protection to
promote sustainable development of the region.
The Chinese government supports the three countries to cooperate on the
environmental issues including curbing cross-border transfer of dangerous waste,
sand storm early warning and air pollution control, Zeng said in a letter
addressed to the three countries' environmental ministers, who are in Beijing
for a regular meeting.
Zeng said environmental protection and sustainable development of China,
Japan and the ROK is of great importance to the future development of east Asia.
He also expressed hope that the ongoing cooperation among the three countries
on researches of northeast Asia environmental management will produce fruitful
The ministerial meeting on the environmental protection started seven years
ago with the purpose of implementing trilateral environmental cooperation,
handling common environmental challenges and promoting regional sustainable
Chinese Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian, Japanese
Environment Minister Wakabayashi Masatoshi and ROK Minister of Environment Lee
Chi Beom attended the two-day meeting, which started Saturday.