During the meeting, various recent important institutional developments within the Energy Charter Process were discussed, such as the eventual negotiation of the Updated Energy Charter and the new country-based rotation mechanism of Energy Charter Conference Chairmanship. On behalf of the National Energy Administration, Mr. Zhang expressed interest in China's active participation in the Charter modernisation process, as well as the Updated Energy Charter negotiations.
Other discussed topics of mutual interest included the Energy Charter Secretariat's programme for secodees from member and observer governments, cooperation on the Asian Supergrid and the work of the Energy Charter's Task Force on Regional Energy Cooperation in Central and South Asia.
On the same day, the Secretary General Dr. Rusnák met with the Director of China's Energy Research Institute Mr. Han Wenke. The two sides agreed to cooperate on the preparation of the Chinese translation of the consolidated version of the Energy Charter Treaty, with the inclusion of the Trade Amendment, once it is finalised. Dr. Rusnák also attended an unofficial dinner with distinguished Chinese academics to raise the Energy Charter's public profile in China.