Leading Chinese advisory board based in Beijing, the China Center for International Economic Exchange, is in cooperation with the United States’ Paulson Institute on the air pollution issue in China’s Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, the vice chairman of CCIEE said in Beijing on Wednesday.
Chairman of the Paulson Institute and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, to gain knowledge of the air pollution embarked on a field visit in the city of Baoding in Hebei Province.
“The Paulson Institute has been committed to promoting Sino-U.S. ties in the fields of economics and environmental protection and hopes to provide as much assistance as it can to the air pollution efforts in Hebei.” he said during the visit.
China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Paulson met with at a distinct meeting on Tuesday. The premier expressed alike optimisms that the organization could make better progress in the advancement of bilateral ties in environmental protection and trade.
One of China’s major heavy industrial bases, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, has been besieged with the nastiest air pollution in China, which is made more complex by topography that hampers the diffusion of pollutants.
The Hebei Province has one of the highest rates of air pollution. Top 10 cities with the worst air pollution index include six cities from the province.
The Climate Change and Air Pollution Plan, launched last year by the Paulson Institute, aimed at solving China’s air pollution problem through research, analysis and pilot programs.
The institute entered a partnership in 2011, with the CCIEE, to work on China’s maintainable initiatives and developmental drive.
Vice chairman of the CCIEE, Wei Jianguo, said that China is at a vital point in its urbanization and foresees a host of unparalleled opportunities but also many challenges.
Wei said, “The CCIEE stands ready to help promote cooperation between the Paulson Institute and Chinese cities to explore the best approaches and accrue useful experience for the development of China’s new urbanization.”
Senior fellow at the Paulson Institute, Deborah Lehr, have noted a complete turnabout in the mindset of the Chinese leaders, who have recognized the importance of sustainability now.
Wei said the two nation’s organizations have decided to give emphasis on Hebei Province in 2015. He revealed that they a detailed plan is formulated to be implemented in phases, including fact-checking, technology integration and new technology introduction.
“Various enterprises are funding the cooperation.” he said. “The CCIEE will learn from the United States and other countries to tackle the problems emerging from the progress of advancing urbanization, including air pollution.”