Earth Science News  





. Paulson urges China to lift barriers on environmental technology

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) April 3, 2008
US Treasury chief Henry Paulson urged China Thursday to lift import barriers on environmental technologies, turning the tables on the Chinese, who often blame the Americans for curbing hi-tech trade.

The call came as China pressed the United States to lift its own export restrictions that affect China and to reduce trade and investment barriers to boost bilateral trade, Xinhua news agency reported.

Paulson Thursday wound up his visit to Beijing, part of a routine economic exchange between the two nations, during which he met President Hu Jintao to discuss pressing financial concerns.

"Adopting advanced technology will increase China's energy efficiency and reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and harmful pollutants," Paulson told an audience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

"But bringing this technology to China is hindered by the high tariff and non-tariff barriers that China places on environmental goods and services."

He mentioned the example of a water membrane technology that could help local communities take significant steps towards reducing the pollution entering rivers from power plants.

"That means that within months, some Chinese citizens could have cleaner water. Yet a tariff of 22 percent on water membranes makes this technology too expensive for many communities," he said.

"A high priority should be given to eliminating tariffs and non-tariff barriers on products, goods and services that can improve the health and welfare of the Chinese people."

"Cooperation in the economic and trade fields is an important basis for Sino-American relations," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in a press release, according to Xinhua late Thursday.

It added that Wen had called for the two nations to step up cooperation in the fields of energy and the environment.

The US trade deficit with China jumped 10.2 percent last year to a record 256.3 billion dollars. Xinhua reported that Wen had said Beijing was taking steps to address this and was seeing "some positive effects."

China has argued the United States could help lower the deficit by reducing restrictions on high-tech exports to China.

The United States has claimed China is keeping its yuan currency undervalued to maintain a trade advantage.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Chinese pollution quietly takes toll in Japan
Yamagata, Japan (AFP) April 3, 2008
With a smile on her tanned face, skiier Kazumi Furukawa can vividly recall the time three years ago she stood here on Mount Zao and looked down at fir trees turned into glittering crystals.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Disasters In Small Communities: Researchers Discuss How To Help
  • Raytheon Develops Advanced Concrete Breaking Technology For Urban Search And Rescue
  • Floods, cyclones, devastate southern Africa: UN
  • Louisiana System Built Homes Completes First Fortified For Safer Living Home

  • Emission Reduction Assumptions For CO2 Overly Optimistic
  • Models Look Good When Predicting Climate Change
  • Poor nations fear being left in cold on global warming
  • Negotiators gather to push new UN climate treaty

  • Boeing Submits GOES R Proposal To NASA
  • Satellites Can Help Arctic Grazers Survive Killer Winter Storms
  • CrIS Atmospheric Sounder Completes Vibration Testing
  • NASA Goddard Delivers Aquarius Radiometer To JPL

  • German auto industry says ready for biofuel ramp-up
  • Analysis: Shell pipeline fires continue
  • Analysis: Will Iran energy project work?
  • Paris airport to go green with geothermal energy

  • Community-Acquired MRSA Spreads
  • Climate And Cholera
  • AIDS May Partly Be The Consequence Of An Evolutionary Accident
  • Vaccine For Ebola Virus

  • Economic Boom And Olympic Games Pose Threat Of Biological Invasion Of China
  • Some Migratory Birds Can't Find Success In Urban Areas
  • Warming World Holds New Threats For Aussie Wildlife
  • Study Questions Cost Of Complexity In Evolution

  • Paulson urges China to lift barriers on environmental technology
  • Chinese pollution quietly takes toll in Japan
  • NASA Launches Airborne Study Of Arctic Atmosphere And Air Pollution
  • Ballast-Free Ship Could Cut Costs While Blocking Aquatic Invaders

  • Preschool Kids Do Better On Tasks When They Talk To Themselves
  • Neurons Hard Wired To Tell Left From Right
  • Researchers Urge Ethics Guidelines For Human-Genome Research
  • Upright Walking Began 6 Million Years Ago

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement