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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Frank Roy Frank Roy Labour, Motherwell and Wishaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Chinese government and (b) others on tackling dangerous climate change through co-operation between China and the UK.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Energy and Climate Change regularly discuss climate change with China. These discussions principally take place with the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission and its associated agencies, but we also regularly speak to a range of other Chinese departments and Government bodies.

Our engagement with China on climate change is underpinned by project work, including recent collaboration to help the Chinese Government develop a version of the UK 2050 Energy Pathways Calculator. These projects are intended to help China reduce the energy intensity of its economy and encourage the transition to cleaner energy sources.

Collaboration between the UK and China on climate change is also regularly discussed in a wide range of bilateral and multilateral fora. In particular, we are actively encouraging the EU and other European countries to maintain and increase their own engagement with China on climate change and energy issues.

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