Mr Guy Lentz, the Secretary-General, met Mr Hongjian Wang, Deputy Head of Mission of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union.
Mr Lentz briefed Mr Wang on the developments of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) modernisation process and the arrangements for holding the Annual Energy Charter Conference. Mr Wang expressed his appreciation for the work of the Secretariat and conveyed to the Secretary-General the great interest that China attaches to the Energy Charter Process, as well as to maintain strong working relations with the Secretariat and the Contracting Parties. Mr Wang also expressed the wish to develop the current relations with the Secretariat and assured the Secretary General of the highest official level participation in the Conference from the National Energy Administration.
It is worth mentioning that China has been an Observer of the Energy Charter Conference since 2001, and during the last ten years, the cooperation between China and the Secretariat resulted in several milestones, including the preparation of China Accession Reports and the establishment of Beijing Research Centre and several in-depth reports on the Chinese energy sector.