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Interview: China, U.S. enjoy huge potentials for pragmatic energy cooperation

2017/3/13 9:48:15   source:Xinhua

by Zhang Yongxing

China and the United States, the most powerful economies in the world, have great potentials to promote their pragmatic energy cooperation, which will definitely benefit themselves and the world as a whole, experts told Xinhua on Friday.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Zhou Xizhou, senior director of gas, power & renewables-APAC IHS Markit, which organized the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, said that China is the largest developing country in the world while the United States is the most developed one. The two countries, both receive the lion's share of the world economy, share the important task of economic development.

"Energy is no doubt the motive power propelling the modern economy to develop. It is necessary and important for China and the United States to deepen their energy cooperation, and such cooperation is the common aspiration of the two countries and the whole world," he said.

As today's two largest energy consuming countries, China and the United States share the same responsibility for the efficient use of fossil energy and the vigorously development of green energy, which, in fact, has a brighter future.

In recent years, Zhou pointed out that China and the United States have enjoyed successful cooperation in the conventional energy such as coal's clean utilization and the green energy.

He believes that there exist a lot of opportunities for the two countries to expand their cooperation in wind power, solar power, electricity-powered vehicles, the shale gas, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and etc.

"If China and the United States can deepen their cooperation in the development and use of new energy technologies, this will be highly beneficial to the world energy development, including the green energy, and the climate change," he said.

Echoing Zhou's views about Sino-U.S. energy cooperation, Xu Xiaodong, deputy president of China's Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute, told Xinhua that Sino-U.S. ties are the most important one in the world today and the two nations share a great space for the mutually beneficial energy cooperation in the future.

"Under the leadership of the two countries and with the joint efforts of the two governments, enterprises and institutions concerned, the practical energy cooperation between the two nations has achieved remarkable success and enjoys good momentum of development in recent years," he said, adding that "such cooperation is all-dimensional, multi-tiered and wide-ranging."

Xu believes that with the support of the two governments and peoples, Sino-U.S. energy cooperation will surely have bright prospects.

The 36th annual energy IHS CERAWeek conference opened here on Monday under the theme "Pace of change: building a new energy future."

The five-day event has brought together at least 3,000 delegates, including energy ministers, from more than 60 countries and regions to discuss the most pressing industry issues, state strategies and policies.

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