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nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.
Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio
us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
China and the European Union have committed to achieving major progress this year in negotiations for a high-level bilateral in
vestment agreement with a view to concluding the ambitious accord next year, according to a joint statement.
The two sides pledged to widen market access, eliminate discriminatory requireme
nts for foreign investors and establish a balanced investment protection framework, according to a joint statem
ent issued after the China-EU leaders’ meeting held in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday.
Premier Li Keqiang, European Council President Donald Tusk and Eur
opean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker co-chaired the annual meeting and reach
ed consensus on a wide range of issues, including bilateral ties, global challenges and governance.
They committed to building an economic relationship based on openness, nondiscrim
ination and fair competition, ensuring a level playing field, transparency and mutual benefit, the statement added.
Two-way trade between the EU and China reached more than $682 billion last year. The E
U is China’s biggest trading partner, and China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner.