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Energy Charter role in global energy governance discussed with Chinese officials

On 17-18 June 2014, the Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnák held bilateral talks in Beijing with high-ranking officials of the Chinese government and companies engaged in overseas investments. 

China's involvement in the negotiations on updating the 1991 Energy Charter, which started this spring, and joint activities to promote the Energy Charter in China were in the focus of separate meetings with Mr. Zhang Yuqing, Deputy Administrator of the National Energy Administration of China, Mr. Zhang Jun, Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Zhang Guobao, Chairman of the China Overseas Development Association.

The Chinese side appreciated the open attitude demonstrated by the Energy Charter through the negotiations on the updated Energy Charter and expressed hope that it would play an important role in global energy governance. Possible cooperation in the area of energy efficiency was discussed with officials of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Dr. Rusnák further addressed the benefits the Energy Charter offered for energy companies in discussions with high-level representatives of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Datang Energy.