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China, CEEC agree to join hands on forestry bio-economy despite recent frictions

The joint statement was signed at the third China-CEEC high-legel conference on forestry cooperation held on Wednesday via video link. Photo: Fan Anqi/GT

 
Despite recent tensions after Lithuania quit the China and Central and Eastern Europe Countries (China-CEEC) cooperation mechanism, China and the CEEC agreed to join hands on development of the forestry bio-economy in a joint statement signed on Wednesday. Experts said the move reflects the common willingness and pragmatic need to deepen cooperation between both sides.

The statement was signed at the third China-CEEC high-level conference on forestry cooperation held on Wednesday via video link. Representatives from 16 countries including China, Slovakia, Slovenia and Greece, as well as Austria and the EU as observing members, attended. 

The statement outlined future areas of cooperation in the field of forestry bio-economy, and called for the promotion of joint research and studies, as well as forest-related trade and…

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